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Paralympic sports - 07. June 2007.

Anti-Doping Rule Violation of Italian Alpine Skier



On 25 January 2007, Italian Alpine skier Daila Dameno was subject to doping control at the IPC 2007 Alpine Skiing World Cup. An adverse analytical finding of Furosemide was found in the athlete's sample. Furosemide is a substance prohibited under the 2007 WADA Prohibited List.

An Expedited Hearing was held before members of the IPC Anti-Doping Committee on 5 March 2007. It was found that the athlete violated Article 3.1 of the IPC Anti-Doping Code. The Athlete is personally responsible for ensuring that no prohibited substances enter her body (Article 3.1.1 of the IPC Anti-Doping Code).

Following the Expedited Hearing and on the recommendation of the IPC Anti-Doping Committee, the IPC Governing Board imposed a sanction of two years ineligibility pursuant to Article 12.2 of the IPC Anti-Doping Code, commencing 25 January 2007, the day of the anti-doping rule violation. Ms. Dameno was disqualified from the 2007 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup. Furthermore, and in accordance with Article 12.7 of the IPC Anti-Doping Code, all competitive results obtained by the athlete from 25 January 2007 were also disqualified, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

Ms. Dameno lodged an appeal against this decision, which was held on 9 May 2007. The athlete claimed that she required use of furosemide for health reasons, despite not having made any application for a therapeutic use exemption in respect of its use. She also claimed that the two year sanction was disproportionately long.

The Appeal Hearing Body was not persuaded by the arguments presented on behalf of the Athlete. Under Article 3 of the IPC Anti-Doping Code the athlete commits an anti-doping rule violation where a prohibited substance is detected in his/her system. It is the athlete's personal duty to ensure that no prohibited substances enter his/her body.

Following a recommendation from the Internal Appeal body, the IPC Governing Board upholds the decision of the IPC Anti-Doping Committee and denies the athlete's appeal. Accordingly, the sanction of two years ineligibility commencing 25 January 2007 remains in effect. All competitive results obtained by the Athlete since this date remain disqualified and any medals, points or prizes remain forfeited.

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 (January 2004) to prevent in the spirit of fair play, doping in sport for athletes with a disability and in conformity with the general principles of the World Anti-Doping Code.

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Notes to the Editor:

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for 12 sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

Founded on 22 September 1989, the IPC is an international non-profit organization formed and run by 162 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) from five regions and four disability specific international sports federations (IOSDs). The IPC Headquarters and its management team are located in Bonn, Germany.

For further information, please contact Steffi Klein, IPC Communication Manager, on tel: +49-228-2097-230, e-mail: steffi.klein@paralympic.org or go to www.paralympic.org.
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