Anti-Doping Rule Violation of Brazilian Powerlifter

Bonn, Germany - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced today that a Brazilian athlete in the sport of Powerlifting, tested positive for a prohibited substance and a sanction of one year ineligibility was imposed for his first doping offence. 10 Dec 2007 By IPC

Jose Ricardo Costa da Silva tested positive for Sibutramine during an in-competition testing on 15 August 2007 during the Rio 2007 Parapan American Game sin Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The substance is included in the 2007 Prohibited List (Specified Substance) and consequently prohibited under the IPC Anti-Doping Code, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC).

According to Article 3.1 of the IPC Anti-Doping Code, it is each athlete’s personal duty to ensure that no prohibited substances enter 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 (Article 12.3), and after an expedited hearing of the IPC Anti-Doping Committee, the IPC ratified the decision to impose a sanction of one year ineligibility on the athlete as a result of this offence being his first anti-doping rule violation, commencing 15 August 2007, the day of the violation.

According to the IPC Anti-Doping Code (Article 12.1), all individual results of the athlete obtained from 15 August 2007 shall be disqualified. This includes the forfeit of any medals, points and prizes.

This ruling is in accordance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code. As a signatory of the 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 WADC.