FINA Communication Department


Sebastian Szczepanski (POL)


On December 19, 2015, the swimmer Sebastian Szczepanski (POL) was tested positive to the prohibited substances Dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone, Stanozolo (Class S.1.1A Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids) and Clomiphene (Class S4.3 Other anti-estrogenic substances) following a doping control test conducted on the occasion of the Polish Swimming Championships held in Lublin, Poland.


The Disciplinary Panel of the Polish Commission Against Doping in Sport imposed a sanction of four (4) years’ ineligibility on the athlete for his second anti-doping rule violation. The Disciplinary Panel assumed non-intentional character of the violation.


Following FINA’s and athlete’s appeal to the Second Instance Disciplinary Panel of the Polish Commission Against Doping in Sport, the matter was reviewed again. The Second Instance Disciplinary Panel ultimately decided to sanction the athlete with eight (8) years’ ineligibility period in accordance with art 10.2.1 and 10.7.1. Nevertheless, in accordance with art 10.6.1 (substantial assistance in discovering or establishing anti-doping rule violations) the Second Instance Disciplinary Panel decided also to suspend half of the imposed ineligibility period.


Finally, all competitive results obtained by the athlete since December 19, 2015 were disqualified with all resulting consequences including forfeiture of any title, award, medals, points, prizes, etc.