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Anti-Doping Rule Violation of Swedish Wheelchair Curler

Bonn, Germany - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) today announced an Anti-Doping Rule Violation, which occurred at the occasion of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

By IPC

Swedish Wheelchair Curler Glen Ikonen returned an adverse analytical finding on a beta-blocker Metoprolol (Class P2) and a diuretic medication Hydrochlorothiazide (Class S5), both substances on the 2010 Prohibited List and consequently prohibited under the IPC Anti-Doping Code, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC). The urine sample was taken during an in-competition test on 17 March.

According to the IPC Anti-Doping Code, it is each athlete's personal duty to ensure that no Prohibited Substances enters his or her body. Furthermore, each athlete is responsible for any Prohibited Substances found in their bodily specimen, regardless of how it entered their body.

In accordance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code, the IPC immediately disqualified Mr. Ikonen from the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Following a hearing and in accordance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code (Article 10.2 and 10.4), the IPC now ratified the decision to impose a sanction of six months ineligibility on Mr. Ikonen as a result of this offence being his first anti-doping rule violation, commencing 17 March 2010, the day of the violation. The ineligibility applies to all IPC sanctioned events.

In addition, the World Curling Federation (WCF) as the international federation of the sport, might impose sanctions related to its own competitions.

Since the negligence of information by the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) in this case was clearly noted, the IPC further urges the NPC of Sweden to strengthen its efforts to comply with Article 20.2 (‘Additional Responsibilities of NPCs’) of the IPC Anti-Doping Code, and in particular to ensure that appropriate provisions are put in place in support of and complementary to the athlete’s responsibilities under the IPC Anti-Doping Code.

The ruling is in accordance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code. 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 Paralympic athletes. The IPC Anti-Doping Code is in conformity with the general principles of the WADC.