Anti-Doping Rule Violation of British Swimmer

Bonn, Germany – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) today announced an anti-doping rule violation, which occurred at the 2009 IPC Swimming European Championships in Reykjavik, Iceland. 10 May 2010 By IPC

On 23 October 2009, British Swimmer Heather Frederiksen was subject to an in-competition doping control test at the 2009 IPC Swimming European Championships. An adverse analytical finding of Salbutamol (Class S3) with an concentration of more than 1000 ng/mL was found in the athlete’s sample. A Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) granted for the use of Salbutamol did not justify this concentration. Consequently, under the concentration reported, Salbutamol is a substance prohibited under the 2009 WADC Prohibited List. Furthermore, upon request of the athlete, the B Sample was analyzed on 30 November 2009. The results of the B Sample analysis confirmed the results of the A Sample. In accordance with the provisions of the 2009 WADC Prohibited List, Ms. Frederiksen underwent a pharmacokinetic study to demonstrate that the level of prohibited substance in her sample arose of a required therapeutic use.

Upon receipt of the results of this study, a hearing was convened on 4 May 2010. As a result of this hearing, the IPC imposed a sanction of six months ineligibility, considering Article 10.2 and 10.4 of the IPC Anti-Doping Code from 23 October 2009, the day of the anti-doping rule violation.

In accordance with IPC Anti-Doping Code (Article 9 & 10.1), all individual results obtained from 23 October 2009 onwards shall be disqualified including the forfeit of any medals, points and prizes.

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 in the spirit of fair play, doping in sport for athletes with a disability and in conformity with the general principles of the World Anti-Doping Code.