10 May 2022

The SII Anti-Doping Monitor – week ending 6 May 2022

Fifteen athletes from five countries, competing in five1 sports, were involved in anti-doping proceedings that came to light this week. The major news was that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has sanctioned four Doctors from the Chuvash region with life bans for administering intravenous infusions in excess of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) permissible limits to athletes, including children.

This story began in June 2017, when RUSADA began a two year investigation. In June 2019, it announced that over 60 cases of potential ant-doping rule violations (ADRVs) had been discovered, 33 of which involved athletes. RUSADA also said that 11 of the ADRVs involved minors. The ADRVs were discovered after law enforcement officers were tipped off about the activities of sports doctors working in the Chuvash Republic. 

Dr. Svetlana Lareva…

An investigation found that the Cheboksary College of Olympic Reserve had administered intravenous (IV) infusions in excess of WADA’s limits to student athletes; and allowed students to take IV equipment and medication out of the Medical Office. Despite these serious findings the Head of the Medical Office, Dr. Svetlana Lareva (Светлана Ларева), was allowed to continue in her role until the Summer of 2019. She was not provisionally suspended, despite RUSADA’s investigation and despite a criminal case – which was later dropped – being launched against her.

She is one of the four Doctors that have now been banned for life – five years after the initial investigation started. A RUSADA statement outlines that 41 athletes have been sanctioned as a result of the investigation – 12 have been sanctioned with two year bans; four with 14 month bans; and 25 with a year’s ban. A further 23 athletes were found guilty of using a prohibited method, however it was found that they were not at fault. Cases against a further six athletes were thrown out, after RUSADA’s Disciplinary Commission found that they hadn’t violated anti-doping rules.

Once again, the benefits of cooperation with customs and police authorities was underlined by a Swiss Sport Integrity case. An unnamed youth athlete was sanctioned with a four year ban after customs seized a package addressed to the athlete, which was found to contain Testosterone, Oxandrolone, Anastrozole and Tamoxifen. The athlete was then subjected to an out of competition (OOC) test, and returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF – or ‘positive test’) for Meldonium.

Such techniques could perhaps assist the Welsh Rugby Union. It is investigating after Wales Online published a picture of the National Shield featuring suspicious lines of white powder. ‘None of the members of the club’s Management Committee were previously aware of this photograph and all are shocked and concerned at its apparent content’, read a statement from Tonna RFC, which won the National Shield at the end of April. ‘An emergency meeting of the Management Committee was held at 10am this morning and an investigation has commenced’.

Please continue to send any cases we may have missed or suggestions through to our editor by clicking here. Also, if you’re an athlete, national anti-doping organisation (NADO) or other Results Management Authority and you’d like us to cover a case that you’re involved with, please get in touch! Also – a reminder. The SII Anti-Doping Monitor only features confirmed AAFs (‘positive tests’) or confirmed anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs).

Decision links

Deandre Hopkins (Twitter Statement & NFL news article);

Swiss youth athlete;

Ana Irizarry;

Kamalpreet Kaur;

Marzhanat Ibayeva (new Sanction & original Decision)

Alexander Isaev;

Sergey Filipenko;

Darya Blinova (RUSADA Statement & RusAF Statement);

Olga Salomatina;

Yana Bakhtina, Irina Kirillova, Tatyana Kozhevnikova, and Svetlana Lareva (RUSADA Sanction & original Statement)

Ifeanyichukwu Christian Madubuike;

Lisa Giannelli


1. An unnamed Swiss youth athlete was also sanctioned, however the sport was not named. Therefore, it is possible that six sports could have been involved in proceedings this week.

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