IBSF 2017 IBSF vs Maxim Belugin - Settlement

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IOC 2017 IOC vs Maxim Belugin - Decision
March 21, 2018
IOC 2017 IOC vs Maxim Belugin - Operative Part
December 22, 2017

Two reports commissioned by WADA, published by Prof Richard McLaren on 18.07.2016 and 09.12.2016, showed detailed evidences of organised manipulation of some Russian samples collected during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. The reports describe how urine bottles were opened and urine was switched with clean modified urine coming from a “biobank”, and how urine density had to be adjusted to match that recorded on the doping control form (if different at the time of collection) by adding salt to the sample.

As a result of the McLaren Reports the IOC Oswald Commission started investigations in order to establish the possible liability of individual athletes and to issue any sanctions so that decisions could be taken as far in advance of the 2018 Winter Games as possible. In the context of this Commission the IOC decided that all the samples of all Russian athletes who participated in Sochi were re-analysed. The re-analysis established whether there was doping or whether the samples themselves were manipulated.

Maxim Belugin is a Russian Athlete competing in the Men's Bobsleigh Events at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In April 2017 the IOC Disciplinary Commission reported multiple anti-doping rule violations against the Athlete for tampering, conspiracy and for testing positive for the prohibited substances Metenolone and Trenbolone.

Here the Disciplinary Commission deemed - based on the investigations, the evidence and findings - that the participation of the Athlete in the doping scheme is established to its comfortable satisfaction. The Disciplinary Commission concluded that it is more than comfortably satisfied that the Athlete committed the anti-doping rule violations and he was a participant in, and a beneficiary of, the cover up scheme implemented on the occasion of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Therefore the IOC Disciplinary Commission decided on 21 March 2018 that the Athlete Maxim Belugin is found to have committed anti-doping rule violations upon the occasion of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The athlete and his team were disqualified from the events in which he participated at the Games and all medals won by him and his team were forfeited. The athlete was also declared ineligible to participate in any capacity in all subsequent editions of the Olympic Games.

Hereafter on 15 March 2019 the Athlete and the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF) reached an agreement regarding the consequences of the anti-doping rule violatons established by the IOC.

The agreement included, that:

1.) Mr. Belugin accepts the charge of a commission of an ADRV for the Presence of Metenolone and/or Trenbolone in his A and B Samples no 2891900 in violation of Article 2.1 IBSF ADR.
2.) Mr. Belugin accepts as a sanction a period of ineligibility of two (2) years starting from February 23rd 2019, from which the period of Provisional Suspension, which was imposed on 8 June 2017, shall be deducted.
3.) Mr. Belugin shall be disqualified of all competitive results since 15 February 2014.
4.) The IBSF will no longer pursue the allegation of Tampering and/ or Cover up/Complicity.
5.) The Agreement may be submitted exclusively by way of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, which will render a final decision in accordance with the Code of sports-related arbitration.

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15 March 2019
International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF)
Russian Federation
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Bobsleigh and Skeleton (IBSF) - International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation
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[Satellite laboratory] Sochi (RUS)
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