We consider the gymnasts' careers when handing out suspensions, says FIG official

Thursday, 24 January 2013
By Emily Goddard

Luiza Galiulina 240113January 24 - The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has defended the sanctions it handed out to two of the sport's athletes after they tested positive for banned substances, despite the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lodging appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Uzbek gymnast Luiza Galiulina (pictured top) and Russian trampolinist Andrey Krylov were both suspended for six and 12 month, respectively, by the FIG's Disciplinary Commission after being convicted of doping.

Asian Games bronze medallist Galiulina was due to be her nation's only artistic gymnast at London 2012, but she never made it to the Games as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) initially suspended and later excluded her from the event after testing positive for the banned diuretic furosemide at the Olympic test event.

The 20-year-old then went in front of FIG's disciplinary commission where she received her six-month suspension from the sport, effective from August 1, 2012 through to and including January 30, 2013.

Meanwhile, Trampoline World Championships gold medallist Krylov, 24, tested positive for stimulants at the World Cup in Loulé, Portugal, in September 2012 before receiving his 12-month suspension, effective from October 1, 2012 through to and including September 30, 2013.

Andrey Krylov 240113Andrey Krylov is suspended until September 30 this year after testing positive for banned substances

However, WADA appealed the FIG sanctions to the CAS earlier this month.

"For both cases WADA has issued appeals to CAS," Philippe Silacci, FIG's media operations officer, told insidethegames.

"We don't know the exact reason yet but maybe the penalties are too low.

"We had a similar case two or three years ago, but we consider the future of the gymnast [when issuing sanctions].

"In the case of these gymnasts, if you give a two-year penalty their careers are finished.

"It is a mistake, not an error, we have to punish them as it is wrong and against the law.

"But sometimes the law is black and white, and sometimes it is not and you make another consideration and you see it with different eyes and in that case we considered the gymnasts' careers."

As both cases are currently pending with CAS, WADA declined to comment to respect the integrity of the proceedings.

Contact the writer of this story at emily.goddard@insidethegames.biz
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