Positive cases at the Youth Olympic GamesOctober 15, 2010
Two Youth Olympic Games athletes disqualified for breaking anti-doping rules in Singapore
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today reported that two athletes committed anti-doping rule violations during the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) which took place last August in Singapore.
Both athletes, who competed in wrestling, tested positive for the diuretic Furosemide, a prohibited substance. After reviewing the files and information at hand, the IOC Disciplinary Commission set up by the IOC President disqualified both athletes from the 2010 YOG. Please click here and here for the full decisions.
The Disciplinary Commission also called upon the International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles and the respective National Olympic Committees to gather additional information in relation to the circumstances that led to such anti-doping rule violations with respect to not only the athletes, but also their entourage - be it trainers, doctors or other medical staff.
The IOC is placing strong emphasis on investigating the entourage of the athletes. Further to a recommendation of the Olympic Congress held in Copenhagen last year, a Commission was created in order to address the responsibility of the athletes’ entourage in the case of doping allegations. The Commission, chaired by IOC member Sergey Bubka, is due to meet for the first time in December.
The IOC also clearly indicated that the two young athletes should be provided with some additional support and information on the danger of doping. Specific accompanying measures will be put in place in cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the National Anti-Doping Organisations concerned.
The IOC conducted 1,231 tests (1,097 urine and 134 blood) during the YOG in Singapore. All samples were tested at the WADA-accredited laboratory in New Delhi, India.
Tests were conducted pre- and post-competition. All medallists were tested. Doping controls included testing for all prohibited substances and methods listed in the WADA Prohibited List.
As part of its zero-tolerance policy against doping, the IOC is storing samples collected during the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games for eight years to conduct further analysis should new fully validated tests to detect new prohibited substances/methods become available.