(By raja Ibrar )The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that men’s ice hockey player Vitalijs Pavlovs of Latvia has been excluded from the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Pavlovs, 24, tested positive on 19 February for methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine).
The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Nawal El Moutawakel and Gunilla Lindberg, decided the following:REGARDING MR VITALIJS PAVLOVS
BORN ON 17 JUNE 1989, ATHLETE, LATVIA, ICE HOCKEY
I. The Athlete, Mr Vitalijs Pavlovs, Latvia, Ice Hockey, is disqualified from the Men’s Play-offs Quarterfinals – Canada vs Latvia match.
II. The Athlete shall be excluded from the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014, and shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card immediately cancelled.
III. The Athlete’s diploma (for placing 8th) be withdrawn.
IV. The International Ice Hockey Federation is hereby requested to make appropriate mention of the above in the record of the sports results, and to consider whether it should take any further action within its competence.
V. The Latvian Olympic Committee is hereby requested to return to the IOC, as soon as possible, the diploma awarded to the athlete in relation to the above-mentioned event.
VI. This decision shall enter into force immediately.
Under the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, testing takes place under the IOC’s auspices from 30 January (the date of the opening of the Olympic Villages) to 23 February 2014 (the date of the Closing Ceremony). Within that period, the IOC systematically performs tests before and after events. After each event, the IOC systematically carries out tests on the top five finishers plus two at random. The IOC also performs out-of-competition unannounced tests. Over the course of the Sochi Games, the IOC is expected to carry out some 2,453 tests – 1,944 urine and 509 blood.
1. Mr Vitalijs Pavlovs (hereinafter the “Athlete”) competed in the following events at the
occasion of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, in 2014 (hereafter the “Sochi
Olympic Winter Games”), where the Latvian Men’s Hockey team placed 8th:
– On 12 February 2014, in the Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C – Latvia vs
– On 14 February 2014, in the Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C – Czech Republic
vs Latvia match;
– On 15 February 2014, in the Men’s Preliminary Round – Group C – Sweden vs
– On 18 February 2014, in the Men’s Play-offs Qualifications – Switzerland vs Latvia
– On 19 February 2014, in the Men’s Play-offs Quarterfinals – Canada vs Latvia
2. The Athlete was requested on 19 February 2014, at 11:30 p.m., immediately following the
completion of his participation in the Men’s Play-offs Quarterfinals – Canada vs Latvia
match – to provide a urine sample for a doping control.
3. Pursuant to Article 6.2.1 of the IOC Anti-Doping Rules Applicable to the XXII Olympic
Winter Games in Sochi, in 2014 (the “Rules”), Dr. Richard Budgett (the “IOC Medical
Director”), as representative of the Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission, was
informed in the morning of Friday, 21 February 2014 by the Head of the WADA
Accredited Laboratory in Sochi, of an adverse analytical finding on the A sample of the
4. Pursuant to Article 6.2.2 of the Rules, the IOC Medical Director determined that the
above-noted A sample belonged to the Athlete, and verified that it did in fact give rise to
an adverse analytical finding. He also determined that there was no apparent departure
from the International Standards for Testing or the International Standards for
Laboratories that undermined the validity of the adverse analytical finding.
5. Pursuant to Article 6.2.3 of the Rules, the IOC Medical Director immediately informed the
IOC President, Thomas Bach, of the existence of the adverse analytical finding and the
essential details available to him concerning the case.
6. Pursuant to Article 6.2.5 of the Rules, the IOC President, by letter dated 22 February
2014, promptly set up a Disciplinary Commission, consisting of:
– Denis Oswald (Chairman)
– Nawal El Moutawakel
– Gunilla Lindberg
The IOC President also informed the Disciplinary Commission that, pursuant to Rule
59.2.4 of the Olympic Charter and Article 6.1.6. of the Rules, the decision of the
Disciplinary Commission in this case would constitute the decision of the IOC.