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IOC sanctions one athlete at Vancouver 2010

2017-12-22 09:20:00

The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC's strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.

The re-analysis of samples from the Olympic Games Vancouver 2010 followed an intelligence-gathering and risk-assessment process that started in January 2017 in consultation with WADA and the International Federations. The process is now completed, ahead of the statute of limitations for the samples collected, expiring in February 2018.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that one athlete has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Vancouver 2010. The details follow.

Teja GREGORIN, 37, of Slovenia, competing in the following events:

•the women's 7.5km biathlon event, in which she ranked 9th;

•the women's 10km pursuit biathlon event, in which she also ranked 9th;

•the women's 15km biathlon event, in which she ranked 36th;

•the women's 12.5km mass start biathlon event, in which she ranked 5th and for which she was awarded a diploma; and

•the women's 4x6km relay event, in which she ranked 8th and for which she was awarded diplomas;

has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Vancouver 2010. Re-analysis of Gregorin's samples from Vancouver 2010 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance GHRP-2 M2.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mr Juan Antonio Samaranch and Mr Tony Estanguet, decided the following:

I.The Athlete, Teja GREGORIN:

a.is found to have committed anti-doping rule violations pursuant to Article 2 of The International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, 2010 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances and its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete's bodily specimen),

b.is disqualified from the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010, namely:

i.the women's 7.5km biathlon event, in which she ranked 9th;

ii.the women's 10km pursuit biathlon event, in which she also ranked 9th;

iii.the women's 15km biathlon event, in which she ranked 36th;

iv.the women's 12.5km mass start biathlon event, in which she ranked 5th and for which she was awarded a diploma; and

v.the women's 4x6km relay event, in which she ranked 8th and for which she was awarded diplomas;

c.has the diplomas obtained in the above-mentioned events withdrawn and is ordered to return the same to the International Olympic Committee.

II.The Slovenian Team is disqualified from the women's 4x6km relay event. The corresponding diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned to the International Olympic Committee.

III.The International Biathlon Union is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned events accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.

IV.The Olympic Committee of Slovenia Association of Sports Federations shall ensure full implementation of this decision.

V.The Olympic Committee of Slovenia Association of Sports Federations shall notably secure the return to the International Olympic Committee, as soon as possible, of the diplomas awarded in connection with the women's 12.5km mass start biathlon and the women's 4x6km relay event to the Athlete.

VI.The Olympic Committee of Slovenia Association of Sports Federations shall also secure the return to the International Olympic Committee, as soon as possible, of the diplomas awarded in connection with the women's 4x6km relay event to the members of the Slovenian Team.

VII.This decision enters into force immediately.

The Vancouver re-analysis followed similar re-analysis programmes for the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, which has concluded, and London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016, which continue.

The additional analyses on samples collected during the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 were performed with improved analytical methods, in order to possibly detect prohibited substances that could not be identified by the analysis performed at the time of this edition of the Olympic Games.

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