Doping control and Audiology tests during the 23rd Deaflympics

Summary of Doping control and Audiology tests during the 23rd Summer Deaflympics

The last results of doping control after all the additional researches procedures are now known.  We are thus now ready to provide the outcome of the 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey. 

Record number of disciplines - 21, number of athletes selected for doping control procedure – 300

35% - Russian Federation, 20% - Ukraine, 14% - Turkey, 9% - China and 22% - other countries

The main goal of the Doping Control Team was to deliver the best Deaflympics possible as well as to assure a clean Deaf Sport.

With the support of the ICSD Technical Directors, the riskiest disciplines in each sport were identified and checked. Gender equality obviously, had to be respected. We also set the accent on the first three scores, gold, silver and bronze and of course, on any new World and Deaflympics Records. In several disciplines, we performed random selection for doping control.  

The final analysis revealed 289 Negative results as well as 10 Negative results after additional researches. Unfortunately, one Athlete, Ms. Daria Gainetdiniva from Russia, obtained a Positive result and got on the Sanctioned Athletes List for a period of two (2) years.

During the Deaflympics, there were negative comments directed to the ICSD around doping control topics and mainly about the supposed lack of it. 25 October 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published its 2016 Testing Figures Report (2016 Report), which summarizes the results of all the samples analyzed  by the WADA-accredited laboratories and reported in the WADA"s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) for the year 2016. Those results, obtained in doping control fields of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) and the European Deaf Sports Organisation (EDSO), are introduced and presented in the above-mentioned documents. All doping results of the Deaflympics and for the year 2017 of Deaf Sports Events will be reflected in the 2017 WADA Testing Figures Report.

All recorded athletes – 842 - have been verified for compliance with the ICSD Audiogram Regulations. Nine (9) Athletes from different countries have been suspended from participating in the Deaflympics. ICSD realized that audiology is one of the most sensitive topic and hence the ICSD audiologist team did their utmost best to exclude hearing athletes.

Once again, we would like to pay tribute to the ICSD Audiology team, the ICSD Technical Directors, the Turkish Anti-Doping Commission (TADC) team headed by Mr. Hamza Uyar and the Health and Anti-Doping Department of Local Organising Committee headed by Dr. Ali Yilmaz for their joint efforts and excellent organizing skills and support, a big thank you for a professional and necessary job!

ICSD Secretariat