FINA CONSTITUTION (C12.4)
Any sanction imposed on a competitor or a person by FINA, a Member or by a FINA recognised body shall be recognised and enforced by all Members.
Doping Related Infraction - Cecil Russell (CAN)
An application by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and co-applicants Swimming Natation Canada (SNC) and Coaches of Canada (CofC) to have swimming coach Cecil Russell’s reinstatement decision set aside has been upheld and referred back to adjudicator Mr. Graham Mew for reconsideration based on additional evidence. On August 10, 2009, the decision has been set aside on the basis that it was obtained by fraud. With the setting aside of the reinstatement decision, Mr. Russell was under a lifetime ban making him ineligible to participate in sport in any role.
On October 24, 2012, the lifetime ban imposed upon Mr. Russell and the banned activities arising therefrom as modified by the parties has been reduced to a ban for three more years beginning on September 10, 2012. The last one and a half years of the said 3 more years of the ban will be suspended in the event that for the first year and half of the continuance of the ban imposed, Mr. Russell abides by both the absolute letter of the ban and the spirit of what the band stands for and intends to accomplish.
Doping Offence - Mariana de Oliveira Marques (POR)
On April 25th, 2009, a synchronised swimmer Mariana de Oliveira Marques (POR) was tested positive to the substance Methylprednisolone (Class S9 Glucocorticosteroids) following a doping control test conducted with the occasion of the National Championships of Synchronised Swimming.
The Disciplinary Board of the Portuguese Swimming Federation imposed a sanction of 9 months’ ineligibility on the athlete starting on July 8th, 2009.
Doping Offence - Vinicius Rocha Barbosa Waked (BRA)
On December 19th, 2009, swimmer Vinicius Rocha Barbosa Waked (BRA) was tested positive to the substance Isometheptene (Class S 6.b Specified Stimulants) following an in-competition doping control test conducted during Trofeu Open de Natacao.
The Brazilian Swimming Federation imposed a sanction of 2 months’ ineligibility on the athlete starting on February 4th, 2010.
Doping Offence - Sebastien Verdocq (CAN)
On May 10th, 2009, water polo player Sebastien Verdoucq (CAN) was tested positive to the substance Cannabis (Class S8 Cannabinoids) following an in-competition doping control test conducted during Water Polo match.
The Water Polo Canada imposed a sanction of 2 years’ ineligibility on the athlete starting on December 11th, 2009.
FINA Doping Panel Decision – Nikolett Szepesi (HUN)
The FINA Doping Panel has decided that Ms. Nikolett Szepesi (HUN) shall be ineligible for one (1) year after the violation of the FINA Rules DC 5.5.2 and DC 2.4.
The suspension is commencing from 22nd January 2010.
All competitive results obtained by the swimmer from 22nd January 2009 shall be disqualified with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
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