25 May 2023
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.
These investigation reports revealed that a prohibited substance has been established in the sample of the Athlete Yevgeniya Solovyova. This sample was provided by the Athlete in 2012 and thereupon deliberately reported as negative by the Moscow laboratory.
As a result in October 2022 the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), on behalf of World Athletics, reported an anti-doping rule violation against the Athlete for the use of the prohibited substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (Turinabol) in 2012. After notification the Athlete denied the alleged anti-doping rule violation. Thereupon she failed to respond to the AIU communications.
Without the Athlete's response the AIU deems that she has waived her right to a hearing, to have accepted the asserted anti-doping rule violation and the sanction rendered by the AIU. The AIU considers that there are aggravating circumstances present in this case that justifies the imposition of a more severe sanction.
Furthermore the AIU determines that the Athlete previously was sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of 6 months from 21 February 2013 until 20 August 2013. In the present case the AIU shall count the reported 2012 anti-doping rule violation as single first violation together with the 2013 first violation.
Therefore the AIU decides on 25 May 2023 to impose an additional 3 year and 6 month period of ineligibility on the Athlete, starting on the date of the decision. All the Athlete's results from 12 October 2012 until 21 February 2013 are disqualified with all of the resulting consequences, including forfeiture of any medals, titles, points, prize money and prizes.