Tuesday, August 9, 2016

News report about Kelmendi's doping test & the IJF's response

There was an interesting story in The Guardian newspaper entitled: Kosovan Olympic judo gold medallist refused drugs test before Game. The report said:
It seems Kelmendi refused to take part in an unscheduled, out-of-competition urine test conducted by the French anti doping agency (AFLD), when she was at a training camp in St Cyprien in southern France on 16 June.
The report quoted her coach, Agron Kuka, as saying:
“The team was in the training camp in France and some person came and asked to do the doping control. But the person involved, she didn’t have any authorisation from WADA [the World Anti Doping Agency] or anyone. And that’s the end of the story. Then afterwards [the French] made a complaint somewhere and were trying to take the case to court or something... The Kosovan team were in discussion with the IJF the whole time because they are not going to go and give the blood or the urine to somebody who is not responsible. That is the end of the story, it’s nothing else.”
The IJF has released the following statement:

Saint-Cyprien Doping Test

An unannounced doping test was organized on June 16, 2016 during the training camp of Saint-Cyprien in France. The controller had a list of French athletes present in the camp and was surprised to also meet foreign athletes. She decided to test the foreign athletes by asking their judo results in order to test the world's best athletes.

Coaches from several countries were surprised by the procedures of this control and asked for advise from the IJF anti doping specialist. She cautiously expressed that in view of the reported facts, they had no obligation to do the test in those conditions.

Having the same doubts, some athletes did the control, some did not like Majlinda Kelmendi (KOS) and Martyna Trajdos (GER). When the President Marius Vizer was informed about this case, he decided to test all athletes who did not submit to the test, the following week. These results were negative.

A procedure that only concerns Majlinda Kelmendi, whereas the other athlete never received  any notification, is underway. We hope that this procedure will respect the rights of the athletes.

1 comment:

  1. The IJF release is simply astonishing in two respects. The first is that they named 2 athletes that had (quite properly) refused to take part in an unsanctioned drug test, a gross violation of their privacy. The second is that the IJF President, apparently, gets to decide who should be tested and who should not. Really? Is the process of deciding who gets tested not random, blind & results-based? Very odd.