ALEXANDER POVETKIN APPEALS PROCESS COMES TO AN END,
AND WBC BOARD OF GOVERNORS REPORTS ITS DEFINITE AND FINAL RULING
The WBC's March 2, 2017 ruling (the “Ruling”): (1) suspended Mr. Alexander Povetkinfrom participating in any WBC-sanctioned bouts indefinitely; (2) imposed a $250,000 USD fine; and (3) designed a testing protocol for Mr. Povetkin to commence as soon as feasible after the Ruling, which would continue for one year thereafter.
Further, the Ruling provided that Mr. Povetkin would be able to apply for reinstatement into the WBC after the one-year anniversary of the Ruling. At that time, if the results of every anti-doping test he would have taken pursuant to the testing protocol set forth in the Ruling were negative, the WBC would consider deferring the remaining of his suspension.
Mr. Povetkin appealed the Ruling under the WBC's Rules & Regulations, prompting the WBC to undertake a thorough process. The WBC's Rules & Regulations provide for an appeal procedure which first step includes a facilitated resolution process between the appealing party and the WBC President. That procedure resulted in a resolution of Mr. Povetkin's appeal, after the WBC received, reviewed and took into consideration additional technical and scientific extenuating information. That information bolstered the WBC original ruling on Meldonium, and provided the basis for the WBC to supplement its ruling concerning Ostarine.
The WBC-facilitated resolution of Mr. Povetkin's appeal resulted in today's definite and final Ruling from WBC Board of Governors, under which the WBC has: