The ITA asserts apparent Anti-Doping Rule Violations against 4 weightlifters prior to the IWF World Championships
THE INTERNATIONAL TESTING AGENCY (ITA), LEADING AN INDEPENDENT ANTI-DOPING PROGRAM FOR THE INTERNATIONAL WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION (IWF), REPORTS THAT IT HAS ASSERTED ANTI-DOPING RULE VIOLATIONS (ADRVS) AGAINST FOUR WEIGHTLIFTERS FOR PRESENCE OF PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES PRIOR TO THE 2022 IWF SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.
The ITA reports that it has asserted an apparent ADRV against Egyptian athlete Ahmed Emad Mohamed under Article 2.1 of the IWF Anti-Doping Rules for the Presence of Human Growth Hormone in a sample collected on 29 October 2022 during the 2022 African Championships in Cairo, Egypt.
The ITA’s intelligence-based and targeted Out-of-Competition testing program prior to the 2022 IWF Senior World Championships has also resulted in apparent ADRVs being asserted against the following athletes –
- Presence of the prohibited substance trimetazidine in a sample collected on 27 October 2022 from Ukrainian athlete Ruslan Kozhakin;
- Presence of the prohibited substance trimetazidine in a sample collected on 27 October 2022 from Ukrainian athlete Bohdan Taranenko; and
- Presence of the prohibited substance SARMS RAD140 in a sample collected on 13 November 2022 from Dominican Republic athlete Zacarias Bonnat Michel
All four athletes have been informed of their respective cases and have been provisionally suspended until the resolution of the matters. During the period of provisional suspension, the athletes cannot participate in any capacity in any competition or any other activity either at the international or national level organized by any signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code.
The prosecution of the cases is being handled entirely by the ITA. Given that the cases are underway, there will be no further comments during the ongoing proceedings.
Source: International Testing Agency