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Russia’s Tatyana Andrianova has drugs ban overturned by CAS

Russian middle-distance runner Tatyana Andrianova
Posted: Apr 15, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Russian middle-distance runner Tatyana Andrianova has had her two-year drugs ban annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) due to a technicality.

The 800 metres star was banned for two years and stripped of her bronze medal from the 2005 World Championships in October 2015, after an investigation by the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) Anti-Doping Commission.

This penalty followed the August 2015 retesting of samples given during the 2005 Helsinki World Championships, that were found to contain metabolites of banned substance stanozolol.

But now the CAS has upheld the 36-year-old’s appeal, ruling that her ban could not be imposed as the retesting of her samples fell outside the eight-year limit for punishment.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) extended the time limit for retesting samples from eight to 10 years in 2015 – but the CAS has ruled that any cases taking place before the change cannot be subject to the extended time span.

“The IAAF Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) in force between August 9, 2005 and December 31, 2014 required the ARAF to bring any anti-doping rule violation charges against the Athlete within eight years from the date of the sample collection, that is August 9, 2005,” reads a CAS statement.

“However, the sole arbitrator found that ARAF erroneously opened disciplinary proceedings against the athlete in August 2015 – more than eight years after her sample collection – and that for this reason the appeal had to be upheld and the ARAF ADC decision annulled.

“As the eight-year statute of limitations had expired prior to January 1, 2015, the 10-year statute of limitations provided under the new 2015 ADR cannot apply.”

This CAS ruling in effect backs up previous claims that athletics governing body the IAAF misinterpreted the regulations surrounding WADA’s time-limit changes for retesting samples, when that was extended from eight to 10 years.

WADA’s changes prompted the retesting programme that unearthed Andrianova’s case, but now this ruling indicates the testing was started “erroneously”.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has today issued an Arbitral Award in the arbitration between the Russian middle distance runner Tatyana Andrianova (the Athlete) and the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF),” reads the CAS statement.

“The athlete’s appeal is upheld and the decision taken by the ARAF Anti-Doping Commission (ARAF ADC) dated 2 October 2015 has been annulled.

“On August 9, 2005, Tatyana Andrianova competed at the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki and underwent an anti-doping control.

“The analysis did not detect the presence of any prohibited substance and the sample was transferred for long-term storage at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Lausanne.

“Almost 10 years later, on August 6, 2015, the sample was re-analysed and found to contain metabolites of the substance stanozolol, a prohibited substance on the WADA 2005 Prohibited List.

“On October 2, 2015, the ARAF ADC found that the Athlete had committed an anti-doping rule violation and imposed a two-year period of ineligibility on her, concluding on September 21, 2017.

“It also disqualified all results achieved between August 9, 2005 and August 8, 2007. On November 23, 2007, Ms Andrianova filed an appeal at the CAS seeking the annulment of the ARAF ADC decision.

“The arbitration was conducted by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Haas (Germany) as sole arbitrator.”