Two powerlifters suspended for Anti-Doping Rule violations‏

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that two powerlifters - Russia's Ilfat Mukhatarov and Colombia's Ivan Palacios - have been suspended and fined for separate Anti-Doping Rule violations.

Mukhatarov returned an adverse analytical finding for Indapamide in a urine sample provided on 4 April 2014 during an out of competition test ahead of the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE. This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2014 Prohibited List under the category S5. Diuretic and Masking Agents and is prohibited both in and out of competition. As a result of his violation, Mukhatarov will be ineligible from competition for two years from 4 April 2014 and fined EUR 1,500.

Palacios tested positive for Chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide in a urine sample provided on 28 March 2014 after he had competed at the 2014 Para South American Games in Santiago, Chile.

This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2014 Prohibited List under the category S5. Diuretic and Masking Agents and is prohibited both in and out of competition.

As the Hearing Panel was satisfied that Palacios had taken the substance for legitimate medical purposes and not to enhance his performance, his suspension and fine were reduced to one year beginning on 28 March 2014 and EUR 750.

For both athletes, all results obtained from the date of the test and onwards, will be disqualified with all the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points, records and prizes.

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.

For further information, please visit www.paralympic.org/the-ipc/anti-doping