20 Mar 2010
During a press conference on 19 March, the Swedish Chef de Mission Hans Safstrom stated that Glenn Ikonen, the fourth player on the Swedish Team who committed a possible anti-doping rule violation, would be sanctioned with a 2-year ineligibility period. This information is premature as the case is not closed yet.
At the request of the Swedish Paralympic Committee, a hearing was held last evening with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in Whistler. This hearing was adjourned to enable the athlete to provide further information. His provisional suspension/disqualification remains in place until further notice.
The World Curling Federation (WCF) and the IPC refrain from further statements until the case is officially closed by the IPC.
Furthermore, in accordance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code, a sanction on the whole team is only applicable in the case that more than one athlete is subject to an anti-doping rule violation. This one case therefore does not impact on the competition results from Sweden, nor on the tournament results.