CAS Decision: Evgeny Ustyugov Found Guilty of Anti-Doping Rule Violation

CAS Decision: Evgeny Ustyugov Found Guilty of Anti-Doping Rule Violation

The Biathlon Integrity Unit welcomes the recent decision of the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS ADD), which determined on the basis of Mr Ustyugov’s Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) profile that he committed an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) of use of a prohibited substance and/or method in the period 2010-2014 in breach of Article 2.2 of the IBU Anti-Doping Rules.

Furthermore, the CAS ADD, which serves as the Disciplinary Tribunal under the new IBU Constitution, found that Mr Ustyugov had the benefit of protection and support to artificially augment his performance through doping and to avoid detection, which could not have been achieved other than with a significant degree of orchestration or common enterprise. In light of those aggravating factors, the CAS ADD imposed the maximum period of ineligibility of four years.

All competitive results obtained by Mr Ustyugov from January 2010 to the end of the 2013/2014 season, including all results and medals won at the 2010 Olympic Games and the 2014 Olympic Games, are disqualified.

This was the first case brought by the newly established Biathlon Integrity Unit. 

The Biathlon Integrity Unit Board commented that “It welcomes the decision of the CAS ADD in this case and believes it underlines our commitment to ensuring Biathlon is a clean and trusted sport”.   

The CAS ADD decision may be appealed by both parties involved to the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division within 21 days from receipt of the final decision.

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