Helsinki 2005 re-tests reveal six adverse findings

Helsinki Olympic Stadium during 2005 World Championships in Athletics, August 2005/ Photo: Wikimedia User: Tomisti

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has re-tested a selection of doping samples collected at the 2005 IAAF World Championships, Helsinki, Finland, from a wide range of disciplines and nations, and the results have revealed a further* six adverse findings.

The IAAF, as part of its strategic anti-doping policy, instigated last year the re-analysis of samples originally taken during Helsinki 2005 using the most up-to-date analytical techniques.

These samples had been transferred to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland following the World Championships for long–term storage in accordance with the IAAF retesting policy.

“The IAAF’s message to cheaters is increasingly clear that, with constant advancements being made in doping detection, there is no place to hide,” confirmed IAAF President Lamine Diack.

“This re-testing is just the latest example of the IAAF’s firm resolve to expose cheating in our sport. The IAAF will continue to do everything in its power to ensure the credibility of competition, and where the rules have been broken, will systematically uncover the cheats.”

The six adverse findings have resulted in the initiation of disciplinary procedures which are currently ongoing in accordance with IAAF Rules.

The athletes involved include: Andrei Mikhnevich, the 2003 world shot put champion from Belarus and his compatriots Ivan Tsikhan , Vadim Devyatovskiy and Nazdeya Ostapchuk, the Shot Put gold medallist from Helsinki. Others are Olga Kuzenkova and Tatyana Kotova, a former world indoor and European long jump champion from Russia.


Previous to today’s announcements two athletes, Vladislav Piskunov (UKR) who had finished 12th in the men’s Hammer Throw, and Neelam Jaswant Singh (IND) who was 9th in Group A of the women’s Discus Throw qualification, had already been sanctioned and disqualified for doping violations at the 2005 IAAF World Championships, Helsinki, Finland.

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