The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has revealed that Kazakhstan's Oleg Gridassov and United Arab Emirates' (UAE) Rashed Hassan Ahmed have been suspended. Both power lifters were also fined for separate Anti-Doping Rule violations committed at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai.
The UAE power lifter returned an adverse analytical finding for dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone and its metabolites in a urine sample provided on 10 April 2014. This was after he had competed in the men's up to 97kg class. Dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2014 Prohibited List under the category S1.1a Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) and is prohibited both in and out of competition. Ahmed, as a result of this violation, will be ineligible from competition for two years from 10 April 2014 and fined EUR 1,500.
The Kazakhstan power lifter tested positive for dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone and its metabolites in a urine sample provided on 8 April 2014. This was after he competed in the men's up to 80kg competition. Gridassov was suspended from competition for two years from 8 April 2014 and fined EUR 1,500. All results obtained by both power lifters 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.
In the last few years, power lifting has seen many doping cases. In June 2013, Uzbekistani power lifter Ruza Kuzieva received a doping ban of two years after he returned an adverse analytical finding for Methandienone, which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and therefore prohibited under the IPC Anti-Doping Code. Kuzieva also received a financial sanction of €1,500 (£1,270/€2,000).
In the same year, Nigeria's Paralympic gold medalist Ivory Nwokorie, Iraq's Huda Ali, and Moldovan athletes Stefan Rosca and Verginiu Arapu were banned from competition for two years and fined €1,500 (£1,300/$2,000) after they were found guilty of violating doping regulations. Nwokorie returned a positive test for Furosemide, which is a substance classified under S5 Diuretics and Masking Agents on the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) Prohibited List. Ali tested positive for Nandrolone metabolites 19-norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone after competing at the IPC Powerlifting Open European Championships in Aleksin. Rosca and Arapu returned positive for dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone metabolite 18-nor-17b-hydroxymethyl-17amethyl-4-chloro-5b-androst-13-en-3a-ol, which falls under the Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids classification on the World Anti-Doping Code.
The doping bans imposed on the likes of Kazakhstan's Ruza Kuzieva and Nigeria's Paralympic silver medal-winning Folashade Oluwafemiayo also caused a huge blow to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
At that time, an IPC spokesman remarked we're very concerned by the number of cases that we've got. The spokesman added we launched a very thorough education program in 2010 at international events whereby we sit down with athletes, coaches, and officials and try to educate them on the dangers of doping. It was further added by the spokesman that we provide literature in multiple languages that is sent to the National Paralympic Committees, but we're aware that this isn't a job we can do on our own, we need the support of our National Paralympic Committees, the athletes, and the coaches to wipe doping out from the sport.