IOC 2018 IOC vs Valentin Hristov

Mr. Valentin Hristov is a Azerbaijani Athlete competing in the Weightlifting event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In 2018, the International Olympic Committee (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 December 2018 the International Testing Agency (ITA), on behalf of the IOC, reported an anti-doping rule violation against the Athlete after his 2012 sample tested positive for the prohibited substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (Turinabol).
After notification a provisional suspension was ordered. The Athlete completed the Athlete Rights Form indicating that he accepted the test result and failed to provide any explanation in this matter.

The Commission finds that the Athlete’s sample established the presence of a prohibited substance and accordingly that he committed an anti-doping rule violation. Therefore the IOC Disciplinary Commission decides on 27 March 2019 that the Athlete, Valentin Hristov:

1.) is found to 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 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 2012 Olympic Games, namely, the Men’s 56kg Weightlifting event, and
3.) has the medal, diploma, and pin obtained in the Men’s 56kg Weightlifting event withdrawn and is ordered to return them.
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 National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
6.) The decision enters into force immediately.

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IOC Decisions
27 March 2019
Lindberg, Gunilla
Oswald, Denis
Samaranch Salisachs, Juan Antonio
International Olympic Committee (IOC)
Adverse Analytical Finding / presence
Weightlifting (IWF) - International Weightlifting Federation
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International Olympic Committee (IOC)
International Testing Agency (ITA)
Lausanne, Switzerland: Laboratoire Suisse d’Analyse du Dopage
London, United Kingdom: Drug Control Centre
Analytical aspects
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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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