World silver medallist Rostami suspended for Anti-Doping Violation

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July 15,29014(ISN) – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that Iranian world silver medallist powerlifter Roohallah Rostami has been suspended and fined for an Anti-Doping Rule violation.

Rostami returned an adverse analytical finding for Methylhexaneamine in a urine sample provided on 7 April 2014 following his participation at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE. This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2014 Prohibited List under the category S6. Stimulants and is prohibited in-competition.

As a result of his violation, Rostami will be ineligible from competition for two years from 7 April 2014 and has been fined EUR 1,500.

All Rostami’s results obtained from the date of the test and onwards will be disqualified with all the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points, records and prizes.

This includes the world silver medal he won on 7 April in the men’s up to 72kg. As a result, Russia’s bronze medallist Sergei Sychev will now receive the silver and China’s Peng Hu will move up from fourth to bronze.

The principle of strict liability applies to anti-doping matters. Therefore, each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample, and that an anti-doping rule violation occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.

As a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), the IPC remains committed to a doping free sporting environment at all levels. The IPC, together with the International Federations and the National Paralympic Committees, established the IPC Anti-Doping Code to prevent doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play. The IPC Anti-Doping Code is in conformity with the general principles of the WADC.

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