The IPC is the governing body for five Para sports.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has suspended Para swimmer Aleksey Lyzhikhin for two years for committing anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) in violation of the IPC Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

The charges against Aleksey Lyzhikhin stem from evidence provided to the IPC by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regarding the state-sponsored doping programme in Russian sport between (at least) 2012 and 2015. 

Among other things, the Moscow laboratory used a 'Disappearing Positive Methodology' to hide suspected adverse analytical findings during this period. Subsequent analysis of the Moscow laboratory's Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) data revealed that aspects of the data had been manipulated to protect certain Russian athletes. 

On 18 May 2014, at the Russian Open Swimming Championships, Lyzhikhin provided an in-competition urine sample which, according to the LIMS data, contained carphedon, a prohibited substance in Class S6 (Stimulants) of the 2014 WADA Prohibited List. On 30 July 2014, he provided an out-of-competition urine sample which contained hydrochlorothiazide, a prohibited substance in Class S5 (Diuretics and Masking Agents). 

Evidence obtained during WADA's investigation showed that the samples were the subject of email correspondence between Moscow laboratory officials and Russian government officials, in which a Russian government official instructed to the Moscow laboratory to take steps to protect the athlete from further investigation or consequences as a result of the presumed adverse analytical finding for carphedon and hydrochlorothiazide. 

The Moscow laboratory did not perform any confirmatory procedures on either sample and reported both samples as negative in ADAMS. In addition, subsequent analysis of the LIMS data revealed that the data on the second sample had been manipulated to protect the athlete. 

Lyzhikhin has accepted a two-year ban for violating anti-doping rules. RUSSIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE
Lyzhikhin has accepted a two-year ban for violating anti-doping rules. RUSSIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE

On 26 February 2024, the IPC charged the Athlete with (i) using Carphedon on or before 18 May 2014 and (ii) using Hydrochlorothiazide on or before 30 July 2014, each in violation of Article 2.2 of the 2011 IPC Anti-Doping Code. The athlete admitted the violations and, as he was unable to prove the source of the prohibited substances in his samples, accepted the consequences proposed by the IPC. 

As a result of his violations, the swimmer will be ineligible or competition and other sports activities (other than approved anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes) for a period of two years from 6 June 2024 to 5 June 2026. 

The athlete's results in the Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 (Final) at the 2014 Russian Open Swimming Championships are disqualified, with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. All other results obtained between 18 May 2024 and 30 July 2014 will be disqualified with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. 

As a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code (the WADC), the IPC remains committed to a doping-free environment in sport at all levels. The IPC has established the IPC Anti-Doping Code in accordance with the general principles of the WADC, including the WADC International Standards, and expects to lead the fight against doping in sport for impaired athletes in the spirit of sport. 

The International Paralympic Committee acts as the International Federation for five Para sports: World Para Athletics, World Para Ice Hockey, World Para Powerlifting, World Para Shooting and World Para Swimming. Its vision is to create an inclusive world through Para sports.