World Athletics 2021 WA vs Yelena Arzhakova

Ms. Yelena Arzhakova is a Russian Athlete competing at the Helsinki 2012 IAAF European Championships and at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Previously the Athlete served a 2 year period of ineligibility from January 2013 until January 2015 for a ABP violation including disqualification of her results from 12 July 2011.

In 2016, Professor Richard McLaren issued two reports about systemic doping in Russia. These reports identified a significant number of Russian athletes who were involved in, or benefitted from, the doping schemes and practices that he uncovered.

Hereafter in January 2019 the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) recovered the internal database of the Moscow Laboratory (LIMS). Following investigation of allegations of organized doping practices, and in particular of the LIMS, WADA provided international federations with investigation reports on the athletes implicated in these organized doping practices.

As a result in December 2021 the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of World Athletics reported a new anti-doping rule violation against the Athlete Yelena Arzhakova for the use of the prohibited substances Ostarine and Testosterone.

After notification the Athlete failed to respond to the AIU communications. Without her response the AIU deems that she has waived her right to a hearing, to have accepted the asserted anti-doping rule violations and the sanction rendered by the AIU.

The AIU considers that the Athlete had already served a 2 year period of ineligibility until January 2015, including disqualification of her results from 12 July 2011. Under the Rules the AIU concludes that the 2012 violations shall be considered as a single first violation together with the previous violations committed.

Further the AIU holds that the Athlete's 2012 violations can be subject to a more severe sanction. Consequently due to aggravating circumstances an additional period of ineligibility of 2 years can be imposed on the Athlete for the 2012 anti-doping rule violations including disqualifation of all her results.

Therefore the AIU decides on 11 July 2022 to impose a 2 year period of ineligibility on the Athlete, starting on the date of the Decision. All the Athlete's results from 29 January 2015 onwards are disqualified with all of the resulting consequences, including forfeiture of any medals, titles, points, prize money and prizes.

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11 July 2022
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Moscow, Russia: Antidoping Centre Moscow [*]
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