The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that the Syrian Powerlifter Fatema Alhasan has been suspended for two years for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
Alhasan returned an adverse analytical finding for Methylhexaneamine in a urine sample provided on 22 July 2011 during the IPC Powerlifting Open International Championship in Amman, Jordan. Prior to being notified of the initial adverse analytical finding, Alhasan competed at the IPC Khorfakkan International 3rd Championship in Khorfakkan, United Arab Emirates on 16 October 2011. The urine sample she provided at the Khorfakkan competition was also found positive for Methylhexaneamine.
Since the date of sample collection for the second violation was before the athlete was notified of the first violation, both cases are considered as one Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
Methylhexaneamine 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.
Alhasan waived her right to a hearing and accepted to have committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.
In accordance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code, Fatema Alhasan will serve a two year suspension for the offence beginning on 22 July 2011; the date from which the first sample was collected. All results obtained from the date of the competition on 22 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 IPC would like to highlight the risk of supplement use and remind athletes that they are strictly liable for the substances found in their samples.
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 doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play.
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