Natalia Tomilova suspended for 2 years

Posted on | June 14, 2013 | Category: News

Natalia Tomilova (Russia) has been found to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the IOF Anti-Doping Rules and the CISM Anti-Doping Rules (presence of a Prohibited Substance in an athlete’s sample). 

Tomilova provided a sample on 26 March 2013 at the CISM World Winter Games in Annecy, France. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Paris, France, for analysis, and was found to contain a stimulant, 4-phenylpiracetam (carphedon). It is a Prohibited Substance under section S6 of the 2013 WADA List of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited Methods.

The CISM Discipline Commission confirmed Natalia Tomilova’s commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, and it was determined that she is suspended from participation for a period of 2 years, back-dated to commence from 26.3.2013. It was also determined that Tomilova’s results at the 2013 CISM World Winter Games events shall be annulled. 

When informed about the matter, Tomilova did not request a B sample analysis. Tomilova has the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision by the CISM Discipline Commission within 21 days of the date of this notification.

Natalia Tomilova did not participate in the World Ski Orienteering Championships this year. At the European Ski Orienteering Championships her best results were an 8th place in sprint and long distance. At the CISM World Winter Games she won the individual distance and her team finished third in the relay. Both of these results will be annulled.

IOF President Brian Porteous commented: “I was very disappointed to hear the news. The IOF is committed to ensure that doping does not undermine the high standards of fairness of which we orienteers are so proud. We are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code, and we test our athletes frequently both in- and out-of-competition. In cooperation with WADA, we have in recent years also significantly improved our education and outreach programme for athletes and coaches. It is the athletes’ fundamental right to be able to participate in doping-free sport and the IOF remains determined to continue its efforts in the fight against doping.”

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