News18 Feb 2009

Doping Rule Violation


The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has been informed by the Bulgarian Athletic Federation (BAF) that the female athlete, Tezzhan NAIMOVA, has been found guilty of the following doping violation under IAAF Rules:

Tampering or Attempted Tampering with any part of doping control (IAAF Rule 32.2e)

This doping violation was discovered as part of a targeted investigation by the IAAF on samples collected out of-competition during the course of its doping control programme.

In conformity with the IAAF Rules, the BAF has imposed the following sanction for a first violation:

• 2 years ineligibility (30.09.08 – 29.09.10)
• Disqualification of all results from 28.06.08

This information has been added to the 2008 List of Anti-Doping Rule Violations which can be found on the IAAF website in the anti-doping statistics section.
Note: Under the IAAF Rules, athletes sanctioned for a doping violation have the right to appeal this decision to the relevant appeals body.

“The IAAF is committed to protecting the sport of athletics from the threat of doping.  Each year the IAAF spends more than 3 million dollars on this ongoing battle and coordinates more than 3,000 doping controls.  All IAAF out-of-competition tests are conducted on a strictly no-advance-notice basis.