FINA Communication Department

On 21 March 2015, FINA tried to conduct an out-of-competition doping control test on the water polo player, Niksa Dobud (CRO). The circumstances of this unsuccessful attempt constituted a potential violation of the FINA DC Rule 2.3 – evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection.

Following further investigation and a hearing in this matter, the FINA Doping Panel decided according to the FINA DC Rule 10.3.1 to impose on the athlete a sanction of four (4) years’ period of ineligibility commencing on 13 April 2015 and ending at the conclusion of 12 April 2019 for his first anti-doping rule violation.

Mr. Dobud appealed the decision of the FINA Doping Panel to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, SUI. The CAS decided to dismiss the appeal of the athlete and to confirm the decision of the FINA Doping Panel.

FINA Doping Panel Decision - Niksa DOBUD

CAS Arbitral Award