Women’s Quad are World Champions again

Great Britain’s women’s quadruple scull are world champions once more after the Russians, who won the title at Eton in August 2006, were retrospectively stripped of their gold medals following a drugs positive.

"We’re obviously delighted for our women’s quadruple scull who are now world champions again after also winning the title in 2005. However, this is disappointing news for the sport of rowing which has previously recorded so few doping positives", said GB Team Manager David Tanner of the news yesterday.

FISA, the world governing body for the sport, issued the following statement:

FISA STATEMENT:

"Lausanne 29 January, 2007

Russia’s 2006 World Rowing Championship Women’s  Quad gold medals to be returned

The International Rowing Federation (FISA) today announced that rower Olga Samulenkova of Russia has tested positive for an exogenous source of metabolites of testosterone and has been banned from competition in the sport of rowing for two years. She was a member of the Russian women’s quadruple scull crew that won a gold medal at the 2006 World Rowing Championships last August in Eton, Great Britain.

The ban from competition for Samulenkova is back-dated to 23 July 2006, the date on which the anti-doping test took place resulting in her and her crew members to be disqualified from any competitions in which they took part after the date of the test until her provisional suspension from competition on 26 September 2006.

2006 Russian women’s quadruple sculls:
Olga Samulenkova (left), Oxana Dorodnova,
Larisa Merk and Irina Fedotova (RUS)
(© John Gichigi/Getty Images)

A consequence of this ban is the disqualification of the entire Russian women’s quadruple scull crew from the 2006 World Rowing Championships.

According to Articles 10 and 11.1 of the FISA Anti-Doping Rules the crew must now return their 2006 championship gold medals to FISA.

Samulenkova was tested in an out of competition test at a training camp on 23 July 2006. The result of the test was communicated to FISA by the Paris laboratory on 22 September 2006, three weeks after the World Rowing Championships. A “B” sample counter analysis confirmed the result of the “A” sample in November and the FISA Doping Hearing Panel concluded the process and delivered its decision this morning.

A consequence of this decision is that the women’s quadruple scull crew from Great Britain that placed second at the 2006 World Rowing Championships are now World Champions. The third placed crew from Australia receive the silver medal and the fourth placed crew from Germany move up to bronze.

FISA fully adopted the World Anti Doping Code in 2003 and has made it an integral part of the FISA Anti-Doping Rules".

 
For more information from FISA: Marion Gallimore, FISA Marketing and Communications Manager at marion.gallimore@fisa.org <mailto:marion.gallimore@fisa.org>  or tel.: +41 21 617 83 73 or mobile: +41 79
706 72 55.

For more information on GB Rowing:
GB Rowing: Caroline Searle (07831) 755351