Weightlifter Vasyl Kruk has been suspended from all sport for eight years following an anti-doping rule violation, according to an announcement by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).
Kruk tested positive for three prohibited substances, namely metabolites of anabolic steroids Drostanolone, Nandrolone, and Metandienone after an out-of-competition test on 24 February 2014. This is the second anti-doping rule violation of the athlete after he served a two-year ban from 26 May 2012 to 25 May 2014. Kruk is now banned from all competition from 25 May 2014 to 25 May 2022.
Under Article 2.1 and 2.2 of the Anti-Doping Rules of the British Weightlifting Association (“the BWA”), the presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample, unless the Athlete establishes that the presence is consistent with a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) granted in accordance with Article 4. The articles also state that use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method, unless the Athlete establishes that the use or attempted use is consistent with a TUE granted in accordance with Article 4.
Kruk admitted to the charges by email and confirmed that he didn't require an analysis of the B sample. The weightlifter admitted that he did used steroids in period between February 2014 and May 2014 during his ban period and added the genuine reason for it was not to cheat on competition but only bring fitness back. The weightlifter went on to remark that further eight year period of Ineligibility will throw me completely out of sport. Kruk asked that any Ineligibility should end in 2014 so that he can make a return to competition while promising that he will not commit an anti-doping rule violation again.
UK Anti-Doping addressed the Tribunal at length and justified the imposition of a lifetime period of ineligibility. It remarked that the athlete used three Prohibited Substances as opposed to using two in the first anti-doping rule violation and added both the use of Prohibited Substances was deliberate in both rule violations. The anti-doping agency remarked Kruk was fully aware that he was breaching the rules. The Tribunal decided that Kruk has committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation contrary to Articles 2.1 and 2.2 of the Rules and imposed a ban of eight years.
In May 2012, Kruk provided a sample to UK Anti-Doping pursuant to an Out-of-Competition test that contained Stanozolol, Testosterone, and metabolites of those substances.
UKAD Director of Legal Graham Arthur said Kruk was tested under the reinstatement program as he looked to return to the sport of weightlifting having served a two-year suspension. Arthur added the athlete's sample was found to contain three anabolic steroids and Kruk admitted to using these substances specifically to enhance his performance on his return to sport. The UKAD Director of Legal also remarked an eight-year ban illustrates the seriousness with which these offences are taken and with the sanction dated to start on the day the previous ended, Kruk will in effect be cumulatively banned for ten years.