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As IOC and IPC sanction Russia for doping, International Committee of Sports for the Deaf silent

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Yearly total doping violations in deaf sports by nationality.

Yearly total doping violations in deaf sports by nationality. All but one of the known sanctions were by Russian sportspeople.

With Russia topping all countries in total doping sanctions in deaf sports and with the IOC and IPC both having sanctioned Russia in various ways for its state run doping program, the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf remains silent about Russia.  They have not announced any sanctions, any investigations into Russian doping as it relates to their deaf sports program nor any investigation into the Russian hosted 2015 Winter Deaflympics doping control program.


Russian deaf sportspeople who have been sanctioned for doping offenses since 2013 include Daniel Ivanov, Beslan Takushinov, Kirill Filippov, Anatoliy Ivanov, Ruslan Askerov, Eduard Mouraov and Evgeny Elkin.   None were implicated after this date, despite Russia having both a history of Deaflympic doping.  Sports they were involved with included Deaf Athletics, Deaf Judo and Deaf Wrestling. With WADA having found problems with doping issues at both the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the 2015 Winter Deaflympics did not report a single failed audiogram, single faked audiogram nor a single positive doping test.  All available online documentation from the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf suggests through their words or lack of them that they believe Russia is completely clean in regards to doping and audiograms, and the doping issue is not worth investigating.

The  International Committee of Sports for the Deaf  often does not run their own doping control program.  For most of its major international events, they have outsourced doping management to event organizers.   Their last public message on their website about doping was in March of this year when two members attended a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) symposium.

The data collected by ParaSport News for this report is available here for the benefit of other journalists and the sports community.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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