IOC sanctions one athlete for failing anti-doping tests at London 2012

The protection of clean athletes and the fight against doping are top priorities for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as outlined in Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. The IOC is currently conducting additional analyses on the samples collected from the Olympic Games London 2012. This programme, which uses the latest scientific analysis methods, aims to test samples for all the substances prohibited in 2012.

The IOC has delegated the selection of samples to be reanalysed and the results management to the International Testing Agency (ITA), and the ITA thus brings forward these cases.  

The notification sent by the ITA to the athletes concerned when initiating proceedings gives them the choice to have their case heard before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) or before an IOC Disciplinary Commission. This choice is given as the Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) for the Olympic Games London 2012 still apply for cases that arise from the current reanalyses. In the case at hand, the athlete did not choose to go to the CAS and the case was automatically handled by the IOC Disciplinary Commission.

As part of this process, the IOC today announced that one athlete has been disqualified from the Olympic Games London 2012. The details follow.

Gulcan Mingir, 30, of Turkey, competing in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event at the Olympic Games London 2012, in which she ranked 27th, has been sanctioned. Re-analysis of Mingir’s samples from London 2012 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turabinol).

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Messrs Denis Oswald (Chair), Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ingmar De Vos, decided the following:

I. The athlete, Gulcan Mingir:

i) is found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation pursuant to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London in 2012 (presence of prohibited substances or their metabolites or markers in the athlete’s bodily specimen), and

ii) is disqualified from the events in which she participated upon the occasion of the 2012 Olympic Games, namely, the women’s 3000m steeplechase event.

II. World Athletics is requested to modify the results of the above-mentioned event accordingly and to consider any further action within its own competence.

III. The National Olympic Committee of Turkey shall ensure full implementation of this decision.

IV. The decision enters into force immediately.