IOC 2016 IOC vs Denis Alexeev

Mr. Denis Alexeev is a Russian Athlete competing in the 400m Athletics event at the Beijng 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 his 2008 A and B samples tested positive for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormthyltestosterone (turinabol). After notification the Athlete filed a statement in his defence and he waived his right to be heard for the IOC Disciplinary Commission.

The Athlete did not accept the test results, denied the intentional use of prohibited substances, and disputed the competence and capability of the laboratory.
The Commission dismissed the arguments of the Athlete and finds that the analytical method and results of the laboratory are valid and concludes that the Athlete has committed an anti-doping violation with the intention to enhance his sport performance.

The Commission notes that the presence of metabolites of this particular substance has been established in a remarkably high number of cases, which resulted from the re-analysis of the samples collected in Beijing 2008 and London 2012. This constitutes an indication that this substance has been in widespread use by athletes.

Therefore the IOC Disciplinary Commission decides on 5 September that the Athlete Denis Alexeev:

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 and/or use, of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
2.) is disqualified from the events in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely, the 400m event in which he ranked 23rd, and the 4x400m event in which the Russian relay team ranked 3rd and was awarded the bronze medal, and
3.) has the bronze medal, the diploma and the medallist pin obtained in the 4x400m event withdrawn and is ordered to return same.
4.) The Russian 4x400m men’s relay team is disqualified from the events in which the Athlete participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, namely the 4x400m event in which the relay team ranked 3rd and was awarded the bronze medal.
5.) The Russian 4x400m men’s relay team has the bronze medals, the diplomas and the medallist pins obtained in the 4x400m event withdrawn and is ordered to return same.
6.) The IAAF is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.
7.) The Russian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
8.) The Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the bronze medals, the medallist pins and the diplomas awarded in connection with the 4x400m event to the Athlete and the other members of the relay team.
9.) This decision enters into force immediately.

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IOC Decisions
5 September 2016
Erdener, Uğur
Lindberg, Gunilla
Oswald, Denis
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Russian 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
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Splitting of B sample
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S1. Anabolic Agents
Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (4-chloro-17β-hydroxy-17α-methylandrosta-1,4-dien-3-one)
Disqualified competition results
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