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Christine Ohuruogu

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Christine Ohuruogu
Christine Ohuruogu

Following a disciplinary hearing held on 11 September 2006, the Independent Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Charles Flint QC, has decided unanimously that Christine Ohuruogu has committed a doping violation under Rule 32.2 (d) of the IAAF Rules which stipulates that the violation is 'the evaluation of three missed out-of-competition tests (as defined in Rule 35.17)'


The Independent Disciplinary Committee imposed the sanction prescribed under Rule 40.1(c) of the IAAF Rules that Christine Ohuruogu is ineligible to take part in athletics events for 1 year.  This period of ineligibility runs from 6 August 2006, the date Christine Ohuruogu was suspended.


In the Decision the Independent Disciplinary Committee made clear its view as to the limited degree of fault to be attributed to Christine Ohuruogu. The Committee stated that this was a minor unintentional infraction of the regime due only to forgetfulness. It made clear that there is no suggestion, nor any grounds for suspicion, that the offence may have been deliberate in order to prevent testing.


The Independent Disciplinary Committee also made clear its view that “this is undoubtedly a very harsh sanction for the minor degree of fault attributed to a talented young athlete who had no intention of infringing the anti-doping rules”


On hearing the decision David Moorcroft, Chief Executive of UK Athletics said:  “For any anti-doping rule violation UK Athletics appoints an Independent Disciplinary Committee to consider the facts of the case in the context of the rules of our sport.  We operate within a very stringent regime and accept the decision the Independent Disciplinary Committee has made”.

15 September 2006