The Director of the Doping Control Committee should inform specific national federations and interested athletes of a positive result of a A-sample control. ()
Doping Control in Armwrestling
Explanation: In the evening, on Saturday, June 15th we published on our website the results of the doping control conducted after the European Armwrestling Championships held in Lithuania. We copied the information posted on the website of the Russian Armsport Association. It contained an official letter to the President of the RAA - Filimonov sent by the Director of the Doping Control Committee, J-F ANDRE.
The information has spread fast through other media and portals. As a result, it has provoked diverse comments in our and not only our environment.
We, as armpower.net – did a wrong thing. We wanted to pass the information quickly, but it does not justify our action. The only justification of our reaction was the fact that this correspondence was published on the RAA website.
The Director of the Doping Control Committee should inform specific national federations and interested athletes of a positive result of a A-sample control. At this point - no third party – should have the right to know about the situation.
Of course, the media spot leaks and use them immediately, but this is not the right practice.
An athlete who has been informed of a positive result of A-sample testing has the right to appeal and request a B-sample to be tested in his presence or in the presence of his attorney. The cost of testing the B-sample, which amounts to around 200-500 euros, is covered by the athlete.
Only when B-sample testing confirms a positive result, the athlete is disqualified under the provisions of the World Federation, continental and national federations.
A disqualified athlete does not have the right to participate in any events in our sport. If he ignores the ban, he will be further punished, so will be the organizer of the event who allowed for his participation in the competition.
That situation has sparked a lot of discussion and comments. We need to comment on it as well.
Why, when and who introduced the Doping Control into armwrestling?
Our goal is to introduce armwrestling into SPORT ACCORD. We’ve been attempting to achieve this aim for a long time, yet our efforts have been inefficient and ineffectual at times, especially those taken by the former WAF management.
In order to join this organization, armwrestling has to comply with the generally accepted rules and principles of doping control applied by WADA.
We cannot ignore this obligation!
WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY http://www.wada-ama.org/en/
It is a global structure devoted to the doping control in all sports, both Olympic and those which aspire to join the Olympic family.
During the 2005 European Championships, which were held in Bulgaria, the use of doping control was proposed for the first time. It was Assen Hadjitodorov’s initiative, the President of the Bulgarian Federation and the European Federation. The initiative was approved and consequently doping tests started to be used as it was treated as a prerequisite for any aspirations to join SPORT ACCORD.
In 2005 the first tests were conducted.
At the World Championships 20 tests were conducted for each of the first three places in junior and senior classes. There wasn’t a single positive result.
We were surprised and happy at the same time.
The first athlete to get a positive result was a Russian armwrestler Artiom Klimenko. It was tested positive at the World Championships. The tests showed the presence of nandrolone. The athlete was disqualified for two years. From what I can remember, thanks to the efforts of Assen Hadjitodorov and Igor Mazurenko, the period was reduced to one year.
Mutual relations between professional and amateur armwrestling
At this point of the history of our sport there appeared a professional organization under the name of IPAA International Professional Armwrestling Association.
This organization invited the disqualified athlete to compete in their events. That’s not all! IPAA authorities announced that athletes could use doping giving powerlifting as an example of a sport, in the case of which there were many federations apart from the most important one.