Iraqi Powerlifter Suspended after Anti-Doping Rule Violation

14 Dec 2011

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that the Iraqi Powerlifter Rasool Mohsin has been suspended for two years for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Mohsin returned an adverse analytical finding for Methylhexaneamine in a urine sample provided on 23 July 2011 during the 2011 IPC Powerlifting Open International Championships in Amman, Jordan.

This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2011 Prohibited List under the ‘Stimulants’ category and is consequently prohibited under the IPC Anti-Doping Code.

In accordance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code, Rasool Mohsin will serve a two year suspension for the offence beginning on 20 October 2011, the date from which he was notified of his Anti-Doping Rule Violation. All results obtained from the date of the competition on 23 July 2011 and onwards, will be disqualified with all the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. A financial sanction of €1,500 was also imposed on the athlete.

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 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 (January 2004, revision in 2009) 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.

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