NewsKowalczyk Caught For Doping Offense

FasterSkier FasterSkierJune 18, 2005

On Monday 13th June 2005 the FIS Doping Panel issued its’ decision in the case of Cross-Country skier Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) who was found by the panel to have committed a doping violation in accordance with Article 2.1 of the FIS Anti-Doping Rules.

The doping control took place following the U23 (Under 23 years) OPA (Alpine Nations) Intercontinental Cup competition on 23rd January 2005, in Oberstdorf, (GER). The sample contained the Prohibited Substance Dexamethason.

Edditors note: Kowalczyk finished fouth in the 30-kilometer classic race two seconds behind the bronze medal winner, FORMER doping convicted Russian Baranova-Masolkina and four seconds behind the silver medal winner Virpi Kuitunen, also FORMER doping convicted!

The period of Ineligibility is two (2) years which begins forthwith from 13th June 2005. According to Article 9 of the Rules, Automatic Disqualification of Results, and to Article 10.7 of the Rules, Disqualification of Results in Competitions Subsequent to Sample Collection, the Athlete is disqualified as from (and including) the U23 OPA Intercontinental Cup competition held on 23rd January 2005. The period from 23rd January 2005 – 13th June 2005 shall be calculated within the period of Ineligibility, meaning that she is ineligible to participate until 22nd January 2007.

Kowalcczyk finished:
9th in the 10k so Beckie Scott moves up to 13th and Tara Whitten to 48th
19th in the pursuit so Sara Renner moves up to 22nd, Milaine Theriault to 34th and Tara Whitten 54th.
12th in the sprint, so Beckie Scott moves to 12th, Milaine Theriault to 21st and Chandra Crawford to 45th
4th in the 30k so Beckie Scott moves to 15th, and Milaine Theriault moves to 37th.

Source: Cross Country Canada

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