IOC publishes list of criteria used for latest Russian Olympic bans

The IOC published a list of criteria, used by the panel, chaired by Dr Valérie Fourneyron, to determine the invitation list.

An athlete is to be banned from the Olympic Games if he/she:

  • has been sanctioned by the Oswald Commission.
  • has any previous Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) history resulting in a suspension at any stage of the athlete’s career.
  • is on the “Duchess List” according to the McLaren Investigation Report.
  • is mentioned in the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database for the Moscow anti-doping centre (Moscow Laboratory) containing data from between 2012 and August 2015. The LIMS analysis allowed WADA to identify those samples that, despite showing prohibited substances or abnormal concentration values, were reported as “Negative” or not reported at all in the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS). This additional intelligence has been provided to the respective International Federations.
  • was mentioned in the emails which detail the “Disappearing Positive Methodology” and Sample Swapping.
  • athletes, whose samples have been identified that were allegedly opened by the Federal Security Service (FSB) during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 according to the McLaren Report.
  • athletes, whose samples, according to the McLaren Report, have been re-analysed and concentrations have been found that were physiologically impossible for a human being. The results established that the urine contents were either swapped or tampered with.
  • athletes, who were protected from positive tests according to the McLaren Report.  Clean urine was collected from the athletes concerned and then swapped at the Moscow Laboratory.
  • athletes, in whose samples different DNA has been found.

In addition, a WADA ABP (Athlete Biological Passport) expert has individually reviewed the ABP passport of the 500 Russian athletes originally proposed by the ROC (before its suspension) as the long list of athletes for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. Evidence of cases with highly suspicious Steroid Profile values was considered in the context of gender and sport. This information has been exclusively extracted from the secured LIMS database. The complete results will be provided to the International Federations in the coming days.

500 Russian athletes have been cross-checked with ADAMS to identify serious Whereabouts failures.

The programme involves a recommendation on minimum levels of testing on prospective athletes, based on specific risk assessments (sport, discipline, RTP, etc.) and with mandatory individual testing requirements for Russian athletes.

Additional intelligence provided by International Winter Federations regarding athletes and/or support personnel.