applauds unprecedented CAS ruling on Ukrainian sprinters
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[April 25, 2019]
(Reuters) - The World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Wednesday welcomed a recent Court of
Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decision on two Ukrainian sprinters that
it said sets a new precedent for catching athletes who choose to
Olympic bronze medal winner Olesia Povh and Olha Zemliak were both
convicted of using a prohibited substance based on the detection of
non-physiological levels of testosterone in their blood serum
According to WADA, the measurement of testosterone levels in blood
serum constitutes a further tool for Anti-Doping Organisations (ADOs)
to detect and prosecute doping, even where urine samples might be
reported as negative.
WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said the "unprecedented"
decision could have a long-term positive impact on clean sport and
sets an important precedent as it gives ADOs another way to secure
violations against those who cheat.
"It is a significant victory for clean sport and for athletes around
the world," Niggli said in a statement.
"Significantly, CAS ruled that there could be no doubt on the
evidence that the method used in measuring testosterone in blood
serum was scientifically valid, paving the way for further examples
of this method being used in the future."Povh, who won bronze as
part of Ukraine's 4x100 meters team at the 2012 London Olympics, was
sanctioned with a four-year ban while Zemliak received an eight-year
suspension as it was her second violation.
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Olha Zemliak of Ukraine reacts after competing in the women's 400
metres heats during the European Athletics Championships at the
Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich August 12, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
The bans were originally announced by the Ukrainian Athletic
Federation in February 2018, with Aug. 3 of the previous year given
as the start date for both suspensions as this was when the failures
CAS, however, ruled the start of the suspensions should be changed
and as such both will run from the day samples were collected, –
June 15, 2016 for Povh and July 5, 2016 for Zemlyak.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)
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