The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that bobsleigher William Frullani of Italy has been excluded from the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Frullani, 34, tested positive on 18 February for methylhexaneamine (dimethylpentylamine). The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Denis Oswald (Chairman), Nawal El Moutawakel and Gunilla Lindberg, decided the following:
I. The Athlete, Mr William Frullani, Italy, Bobsleigh:
(i) is excluded from the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014; and
(ii) shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card cancelled immediately.
II. The International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT) is requested to consider any further action within its own competence.
III. The Italian Olympic Committee shall ensure full implementation of this decision.
IV. This decision shall enter into force immediately.
Under the IOC Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, testing takes place under the IOC's auspices from 30 January (the date of the opening of the Olympic Villages) to 23 February 2014 (the date of the Closing Ceremony).
Within that period, the IOC systematically performs tests before and after events. After each event, the IOC systematically carries out tests on the top five finishers plus two at random. The IOC also performs out-of-competition unannounced tests. Over the course of the Sochi Games, the IOC is expected to carry out some 2,453 tests – 1,944 urine and 509 blood.