The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that Georgian powerlifter Iago Gorgodze has been suspended for four years and fined EUR 1,500 for an Anti-Doping Rule violation.
Gorgodze returned an adverse analytical finding for two substances: oxandrolone metabolite 18-Nor-Oxandrolon and stanozolol metabolite stanozolol-N-glucuronide in a urine sample provided on 18 September 2014 following an out-of-competition test. These substances are included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2014 Prohibited List under the category S1.1A Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) and are prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition.
As a result of his violation, Gorgodze will be ineligible from competition for four years from 16 October 2014, the date the athlete was notified and provisionally suspended, until 15 October 2018 and has been fined EUR 1,500.
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 his or her 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 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.
In 2015, IPC Powerlifting will be continuing its Raise the Bar - Say No! to Doping campaign at every major competition with the aim of educating athletes and teams about anti-doping.