The IOF Sanctions Athlete for Anti-Doping Rule Violation

Posted on | June 1, 2017 | Category: News

Russian Ski Orienteer Polina Frolova has tested positive for the prohibited substance Meldonium. The IOF Doping Hearing Panel have sanctioned her with a period of ineligibility of four years, as well as the disqualification of a number of results. Her two gold medals from ESOC as well as the one gold, three silver and one bronze she won at WSOC will be removed.

Following the European Ski Orienteering Championships Sprint Relay on 8 February, the Athlete Polina Frolova, Russia, was selected for an In-Competition Doping Control. She provided a Urine Sample which upon analysis proved to contain the Prohibited Substance Meldonium, constituting an Anti-Doping Rule Violation in accordance with Article 2.1 of the IOF Anti-Doping Rules.

The IOF Charged the Athlete with an offence against the IOF Anti-Doping Rules, and the hearing took place in Helsinki, Finland, in May. The IOF Doping Hearing Panel have now delivered their decision in the case.

In accordance with the IOF Anti-Doping Rules, the Athlete Polina Frolova shall serve a Period of Ineligibility of four years. In addition, the following results will be disqualified, including forfeiture of any medals, titles, points and prizes. Possible redistribution of awards will be discussed by the IOF Council at its meeting in Estonia July 3-6.

Date Event Competition Place
7 February 2017 European Ski Orienteering Championships Sprint 4
8 February 2017 European Ski Orienteering Championships Sprint Relay 1
9 February 2017 European Ski Orienteering Championships Long 5
11 February 2017 European Ski Orienteering Championships Middle 6
12 February 2017 European Ski Orienteering Championships Relay 1
7 March 2017 World Ski Orienteering Championships Sprint Relay 2
8 March 2017 World Ski Orienteering Championships Sprint 2
9 March 2017 World Ski Orienteering Championships Middle 2
11 March 2017 World Ski Orienteering Championships Long 3
12 March 2017 World Ski Orienteering Championships Relay 1

 

The IOF, the athlete, RUSADA and WADA each have the right to appeal the decision of the IOF Doping Review Panel to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Commenting upon the decision, IOF President Leho Haldna said “Although this is a difficult day for the IOF, as the ruling is the first World Anti-Doping Code Rules Violation within our area of jurisdiction, it also shows the IOF commitment to protecting the clean athletes in our sport. It shows that our commitment to testing, to find those who try to get ahead via doping, is effective.”

Any questions can be directed to IOF Secretary General/CEO Tom Hollowell, tel: +46 70 314 74 33, email tom.hollowell (at) orienteering.org.

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