World Athletics 2021 WA vs Yelena Slesarenko

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Ms. Elena Slesarenko is a Russian Athlete competing at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Daegu 2011 IAAF World Championships and at the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships.

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. 

In 2016, both the IOC and IAAF (now: World Athletics) decided to perform further analyses on certain samples collected during the 2008 Olympic Games and during the Daegu 2011 IAAF World Championships. Reanalysis in the Lausanne Lab revealed the presence of the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (Turinabol) in all the samples of the Athlete Yelena Slesarenko.

Consequently the Sole Arbitrator (CAS 2017/O/5332) decided on 3 May 2018 to impose a 4 year period of ineligibility on the Athlete due to aggravating circumstances. All results achieved by the Athlete from 23 August 2008 until 22 August 2012 were disqualified, including forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money obtained during this period.

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 Slesarenko for the use of the prohibited substances Metenolone and Methasterone in 2013 on multiple occasions.

After notification the Athlete denied the charges and also denied that she was involved in any manipulations with doping samples. Thereupon the Athlete failed to respond to the AIU communications.

Without the Athlete's response the AIU deems that the 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 4 year period of ineligibility until October 2020, including disqualification of results from 23 August 2008 until 22 Augustus 2012. Under the Rules the AIU concludes that the 2013 violations shall be considered as a single first violation together with the previous violations committed in 2008 and 2011.

Further the AIU regards that the Athlete's 2013 violations can't be subject to a more severe sanction. As a result no additional period of ineligibility can be imposed on the Athlete for the 2013 anti-doping rule violations. However the AIU deems that there are indeed grounds for the disqualificaton of the Athlete's results from 2013 until 2016.

Therefore the AIU decides on 11 July 2022 to disqualify the Athlete's results from 18 July 2013 until 3 October 2016 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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Russian Federation
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Moscow, Russia: Antidoping Centre Moscow [*]
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S1. Anabolic Agents
Methasterone (17β-hydroxy-2α,17α-dimethyl-5α-androstan-3-one)
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