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16th March 2018
Eight athletes from eight countries, competing in seven sports, were involved in anti-doping proceedings that came to light this week. The major news is that Nijel Amos, London 2012 Marathon Silver Medal winner, will miss the Oregon 2022 World Athletics Championships due to an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for GW1516.
GW1516 is a peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPARδ) nuclear hormone receptor agonist that was developed by Ligand Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline in the 1990s. It was abandoned as a developmental drug for metabolic and cardiovascular diseases because although a 2007 study found that it improved the physical performance of mice, animal tests found that it caused cancer to develop.
‘I am currently investigating what may have caused this positive test and fully cooperating with the relevant authorities to reach a resolution’, read a statement from the Batswana (below). ‘Further information will follow in due time’.
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Russian athlete Yelena Slesarenko (Елена Слесаренко) escaped a lengthly ban for a second anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), despite information retrieved from the Moscow Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) indicating that four of her positive samples from 2013 were reported as negative. In 2016, Slesarenko was sanctioned with a four year ban (4/10/16 to 4/10/20) for an ADRV after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) retested her sample from the Beijing 2008 Winter Olympics, where she finished fourth in the high jump.
The AIU ruled that as Slesarenko committed the 2013 ADRV before she was notified about the 2008 violations in 2016, the 2013 ADRV cannot be considered as a ‘second violation’ under World Athletics’ rules. ‘In the present case, the Athlete already received a four-year sanction for the First Violations’, reads the Decision. ‘The 2013 anti-doping rule violations cannot be subject to a more severe sanction. As a result, no additional period of Ineligibility can be imposed on the Athlete for the present anti-doping rule violations.’ As such, only her results from 18 July 2013 until 3 October 2016 have been cancelled as a result of the 2013 ADRV.
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Branco Van Den Boomen (Decision);
Clemens Michael Fankhauser (Click here to download Decision);
Seth Fishman (DoJ Statement);
Christian Arena (NADO Italia Statement);
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