The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that Turkish powerlifter Izzettin Kanat has been suspended for two years for an Anti-Doping Rule violation and consequently will no longer be competing at the upcoming Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Kanat returned an adverse analytical finding for meldonium in a urine sample provided on 17 February 2016 after he had competed in the men’s up to 80kg class at the 7th FAZZA IPC Powerlifting World Cup in Dubai, UAE.
This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List under the category S4.5 Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and is prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition.
As a result of his violation, Kanat will be ineligible from competition for two years from 17 February 2016, the date of the test, until 16 February 2018.
All Kanat’s results obtained from the date of the test and onwards will be disqualified including forfeiture of any medals, points, records and prizes. This includes the bronze medal he won in Dubai on 17 February. This medal will now be presented to Great Britain’s Michael Yule who originally finished fourth.
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.