Mr. Dmitry Starodubtsev is a Russian Athlete competing in the Men’s pole vault event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In 2016, the IOC decided to perform further analyses on certain samples collected during the 2012 Olympic Games. These additional analyses were performed with analytical methods which were not available in 2012.
In May 2016 the International Olympic Committee reported an anti-doping rule violation against the Athlete after his 2012 A and B samples tested positive for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).
After notification the Athlete submitted that he did not accept the test results. He filed a statement in his defence and did not attend the hearing of the IOC Disciplinary Commission.
The Athlete asserted that he did not take any illegal drugs at the time of the Olympic Games London 2012. He indicated that he understood and respected the WADA regulations. He submitted that he was unable to provide any explanation on the reason why his sample was reported positive.
The Commission finds that the Athlete does not bring forth any element challenging the validity of the analytical results and concludes that the Athlete has committed an anti-doping rule violation consistent with intentional use of a prohibited substance specifically ingested to deliberately improve performance. The fact that the metabolite of a doping substance, which is a “classical” doping substance, was found, supports this consideration.
Therefore the IOC Disciplinary Commission decides on 19 October 2016 that the Athlete, Dmitry Starodubtsev:
1.) is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence, and/or use, of Prohibited Substances or its Metabolites or Markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen),
2.) is disqualified from the Men’s pole vault event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games London 2012, in which he ranked 4th and for which he was awarded a diploma,
3.) has the diploma obtained in the Men’s pole vault event withdrawn and is ordered to return the same.
4.). The IAAF 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 diploma awarded in connection with the Men’s pole vault event to the Athlete.
7.) This decision enters into force immediately.