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World Triathlon reports another positive from a Russian triathlete

World Triathlon has announced that another Russian triathlete has been suspended after undergoing various anti-doping tests,

Has been the triathlete Vladimir Turbayevskiy for abnormalities detected in blood samples provided in June and July 2014 and in August 2020, all of which indicate blood manipulation.

In the statement they announce that all competitive results obtained by Turbayevskiy between June 7, 2014 and December 31, 2017 and between August 19, 2020 and January 6, 2021 will be disqualified, with all pertinent consequences including the withdrawal of any medal, points and award

This is the statement

Por the following, the World Triathlon notifies that the Russian athlete Vladimir Turbayevskiy has been suspended from competing after the Anti-Doping Division CAS Anti-Doping found him guilty of ADRV under Article 2.2 of the Anti-Doping Regulations (ADR) in relation to abnormalities to the hematology module of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) for abnormalities detected in blood samples provided in June and July 2014 and in August 2020, all of which indicate manipulation of blood.

The objective of integrating the PBA into the framework of the World Triathlon anti-doping program is to identify athletes to perform specific analytical tests (e.g. recombinant EPO test, homologous blood transfusion test) by accurate and intelligent interpretation of the data. of the biological passport.

The Montreal IRNS Laboratory, accredited by WADA, is the Athlete's Passport Management Unit that monitors the World Triathlon PBA.

According to the CAS ruling, the PBA profile constitutes clear, reliable and convincing evidence that the athlete has committed an Anti-Doping Regulation Violation (ADRV) by “Use”.

Specimens 2, 3, and 5 in particular are all pathognomonic for the use and subsequent discontinuity of an erythropoietic stimulant or recent application of a blood transfusion.

All competitive results obtained by Mr. Turbayevskiy between June 7, 2014 and December 31, 2017 and between August 19, 2020 and January 6, 2021 will be disqualified, with all pertinent consequences including the withdrawal of any medals, points and awards. The athlete must reimburse the ADD Fee of CHF 1.000 to the World Triathlon.

In 2014 and 2020, the athlete was a member of the Russian Triathlon Federation, a member of the World Triathlon. In addition, between 2014 and 2020, the athlete participated in various international competitions.

As a member of the Russian Triathlon Federation, and as a result of having participated in various international and continental competitions identified in the relevant section of the ADR as organized, authorized or recognized by the World Triathlon, the athlete was subject to the ADR 2011 and 2019 in all material time.

In addition to being subject to ADR in 2011 and 2019, according to ADR 2019, the athlete is defined as an International Level Athlete by virtue of having been designated for inclusion in the World Triathlon Triathlon Pool.

The athlete has not provided a reasonable explanation regarding the abnormalities found in his PBA, nor has any reliable evidence to support his arguments. Therefore, you have not been able to explain your PBA abnormalities as required by the standard of evidence.

Manipulation of blood is serious ADRV and involves premeditated actions aimed at increasing performance in ways not easily discovered.

In this case, three blood samples evidence such action, two in 2014 and one in 2020. While the athlete repeatedly argued that he has not been involved in any illegal action and has not used any prohibited substance or method, Article 10.2.1.1 The ADR holds the athlete responsible, who has to establish that the ADRV has not been intentional.

This is the first case in the history of World Triathlon or ITU in which an abnormality is found in a PBA. The World Triathlon believes that it continues to integrate the PBA appropriately and successfully into the doping control program, addressing all factors, such as the resources and capacity required to operate such a program.

Thus, we can expect that the World Triathlon will continue to build the PBA database in 2021, to use it as a complement to all other anti-doping initiatives in an efficient and effective way, to prosecute any violation of the anti-doping regulations that are detach from it.

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