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Melinte suspended for two years for a doping offence

IAAF Release
17 July 2001 – Monte Carlo - Mihaela Melinte - the world record holder in the women’s hammer has been found guilty of a doping offence for nandrolone.

Meeting in Monaco this weekend, the IAAF Arbitration Panel recommended that Melinte be suspended for a period of two years. The Romanian tested positive at the Notturno di Milano event in June 2000.   Since she has already served 9 months suspension, she will be ineligible until 24 September 2002. The case was considered by an Arbitration Panel composed of Christoph Vedder (GER), Conny Jorneklint (SWE) and Jim Murphy (USA).

The Arbitrators also considered the case of Carolin Soboll, a German javelin thrower, who tested positive for nandrolone after a test in Rhede, Germany, in June 2000.  Soboll claimed that her test result was a result of contaminated supplements. The hearing has been adjourned until 22 September 2001, because the panel ruled that Ms Soboll (who did not attend) was a relevant and necessary party to the proceedings and should be given the opportunity to present evidence.  Soboll has until 14 September to make her written submissions. In this case, the arbitrators consisted of Lin Kok Loh (SIN), Bob Ellicott (AUS) and Jim Murphy.