The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has suspended Ukrainian powerlifter Anton Kriukov – a bronze medal winner at the 2017 World Championships – for two years for committing an anti-doping violation.
The two-time Paralympian returned an adverse analytical finding for Methylhexaneamine in a urine sample provided on 2 December 2017 after competing in the 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico City.
This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2017 Prohibited List under the category S6: Stimulants. It is prohibited in-competition.
As a result of his violation, Kriukov – who competes in the men’s up to 107kg class – will be ineligible for competition for two years from 22 January 2018, the date of the provisional suspension, until 21 January 2020.
All Kriukov’s results obtained from 2 December 2017, the date of the test and onwards will be disqualified including forfeiture of any medals, points, records and prizes. This includes the bronze medal he won at the 2018 World Para Powerlifting Championships. Due to his disqualification, Azerbaijan’s Elshan Huseynov - who originally finished fourth - will receive the bronze medal.
World Para Powerlifting continues to deliver the information and awareness programme “Raise The Bar” to educate athletes and their support personnel about anti-doping matters.
The IPC would like to remind all athletes about the risks associated with using supplements, and that the principle of strict liability applies to anti-doping matters. Therefore, each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample, and that an anti-doping rule violation occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.
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 to prevent doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play. The IPC Anti-Doping Code is in conformity with the general principles of the WADC.