IOC 2016 IOC vs Marina Shainova

Ms. Marina Shainova is a Russian Athlete competing in the 58kg weightlifting event at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

In 2016, the IOC decided to perform further analyses on certain samples collected during the 2008 Olympic Games. These additional analyses were performed with analytical methods which were not available in 2008.

In May 2016 the International Olympic Committee reported an anti-doping rule violation against the Athlete after her 2008 A and B samples tested positive for the prohibited substances dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and stanozolol.

After notification the IWF reported the IOC that ADAMS indicated that the Athlete was retired.
The Athlete submitted that she waived her right to be heard and she filed a statement in her defence.
The Athlete submitted that she was retired from sport since 2015 and suffered from a heart disease since she was born. The prohibited substances would be extremely dangerous for her and life-threatening. She requested a medical examination by a cardiologist to confirm her statement. She asserted that in 2008 before and after the Olympic Games she she had been subject of many doping tests. The Athlete argued that the presence of the prohibited substances in her body is probably due to food supplements and she expressed her doubts about the analysis performed by the laboratory.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission finds that the Athlete was duly informed about the reanalysis and the right to attend the opening, splitting and sealing of the sample. The Commission notes that the Athlete’s request for a medical examination by a cardiologist is not relevant in the context of this case including her explanation about the food supplements due to the athletes have been repeatedly informed about the risks of contaminations in food supplements.
The Commission concludes that the test results are effectively a strong indication that this case represents a straightforward intentional use of doping substances.

Therefore the IOC Disciplinary Commission decides on 29 August 2016 that the Athlete Marina Shainova:

1.) is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing in 2008 (presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
2.) is disqualified from the 58kg weightlifting event in which she placed 2nd upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008.
3.) has the silver medal, the diploma, and the medallist pin obtained in the 58kg weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return same.
4.) The IWF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
5.) The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
6.) The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma awarded in connection with the 58kg weightlifting event to the Athlete.
7.) This decision enters into force immediately.

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IOC Decisions
29 August 2016
Erdener, Uğur
Lindberg, Gunilla
Oswald, Denis
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International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Russian Federation
Adverse Analytical Finding / presence
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Waiver of "right to be heard"
Weightlifting (IWF) - International Weightlifting Federation
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International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Beijing, China: National Anti-Doping Laboratory China Anti-Doping Agency
Lausanne, Switzerland: Laboratoire Suisse d’Analyse du Dopage
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B sample analysis
Splitting of B sample
Doping classes
S1. Anabolic Agents
Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (4-chloro-17β-hydroxy-17α-methylandrosta-1,4-dien-3-one)
Disqualified competition results
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1 September 2016
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17 July 2018
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