The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that the Iraqi Powerlifter Mustafa Radhi has been suspended for two years for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
Radhi returned an adverse analytical finding for 19-norandrostenedione and its metabolite 19-norandrosterone (an exogenous anabolic androgenic steroid) in a urine sample provided on 13 December 2010 after the Men’s 48kg Powerlifting competition at the Guangzhou 2010 Asian Para Games in China, an event he won a silver medal in.
Such substances are included in the 2010 Prohibited List and consequently prohibited under the IPC Anti-Doping Code, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC).
Upon notification, Mustafa Radhi informed the IPC that he did not have a Therapeutic Use Exemption to explain the adverse analytical finding and that he accepted the Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
In accordance to the IPC Anti-Doping Code, Mustafa Rahdi will serve a two year suspension for the offence dating from 17 December 2010, the date of the provisional suspension. All results obtained from 13 December 2010 will be disqualified with all the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
As a result, the original bronze medalist in the Men’s 48kg category, India’s Farman Basha, will now receive the silver medal and Simay Eay of Lao PDR, who finished fourth will now receive the bronze medal.
According to 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.
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) to prevent in the spirit of fair play, doping in sport for Paralympic athletes. The IPC Anti-Doping Code is in conformity with the general principles of the WADC.