The International Paralympic Committee announced today that they have suspended Iranian powerlifter Roohallah Rostami for an Anti-Doping Rule violation, and have also fined him €1,500. Rostami was the world’s reigning silver medalist, but this result has been voided as a result of the positive test.
The infraction was discovered following a urine test from a sample taken on April 7, 2014 as part of routine testing related to his participation in the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai. He tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, a stimulant drug openly marketed under a number of names including Hemo Rage, Jack3d, OxyElite Pro, DynaPep, Core Zap, Fusion Geranamine, Black Cats and Musclespeed. Several other sportspeople have tested positive for it including ultramarathoner Ludwick Mamabolo, Australian rules football player Matthew Clark, MotoGP rider Anthony West, boxer Brandon Rios, and three 2014 Winter Olympians including William Frullani, German biathlete Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle and Vitalijs Pavlovs.
Because of Rostami’s suspension, Russian Sergei Sychev will subsequently be awarded the silver medal and Peng Hu will be awarded the bronze medal. The IPC’s announcement also includes a statement reaffirming their commitment to World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) and keeping IPC governed sports free from doping, and that they work with national federations to assure compliance with the IPC Anti-Doping Code, which aligns with WADC.