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February 19, 2024

AQIU hosts insightful Anti-Doping Workshop at the World Aquatics Championships – Doha 2024

The Aquatics Integrity Unit held an informative anti-doping workshop on-site at the World Aquatics Championships – Doha 2024 on Saturday 17 February. Athletes, coaches, athlete support personnel and National Federations joined in the discussion, where they heard from two anti-doping experts.

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February 16, 2024

AQIU Strategic Plan for 2024-2026

The Aquatics Integrity Unit is pleased to present the strategic plan for 2024-2026, a document that outlines our collective commitment to fostering integrity, transparency, and excellence in aquatics worldwide. This Strategic Plan details the AQIU’s main objectives from 2024-2026. These objectives were designed to help the AQIU achieve its vision and mission in line with its values.

Link to the strategic plan.

February 3, 2024

AQIU bans Mr. Hammam Malla for 6 months.

3 February 2024, Lausanne – The Adjudicatory Body of the Aquatics Integrity Unit has suspended the Syrian masters swimmer Mr. Hammam Malla for 6 months for violating Article 5 of the World Aquatics Integrity Code. His six-month period of ineligibility will run from the date of the violation i.e. 10 August 2023 until 10 February 2024. A further six months of ineligibility shall be served if Mr. Hammam Malla is found to have committed another violation of the Integrity Code in the six months following the issuance of the decision. If such is the case, Mr. Hammam Malla will automatically be sanctioned with a 6-month period of ineligibility, in addition to any other consequences imposed on him for the violation he committed.

Link to the decision.

February 1, 2024

Anti-Doping 2023 statistics.

1 February 2024, Lausanne – The Aquatics Integrity Unit released the Anti-Doping 2023 Quarter 4 statistics and the 2023 Testing statistics. Through the partnership with the International Testing Agency (ITA), which manages the anti-doping programmes on behalf of World Aquatics, during 2023 were collected 5437 samples from 1527 athletes of 88 nationalities.

Link to the statistics.

January 30, 2024

AQIU bans Mr. Taha Sulaiman Al Kishry for 18 months.

30 January 2024, Lausanne – The Adjudicatory Body of the Aquatics Integrity Unit has suspended Mr. Taha Sulaiman Al Kishry for 18 months for violating Articles 5 and 9 of the World Aquatics Integrity Code. His eighteen-month period of ineligibility will run from 30 January 2024 until 30 July 2025 and precludes him from taking part in any Aquatic-related activities on behalf of World Aquatics, Asia Aquatics, Arab Aquatics, Oman Aquatics and any other World Aquatics Continental Organisation, Member Federation and recognised body.

January 26, 2024

AQIU recognises the decision to ban Mr. Aleksandar Malenko.

26 January 2024, Lausanne – The Adjudicatory Body of the Aquatics Integrity Unit has recognised and extended worldwide the decision and the consequent sanction imposed by the independent Disciplinary Committee of the Swimming Federation of North Macedonia by which the former President of the National Swimming Federation of North Macedonia Mr. Aleksandar Malenko is permanently prohibited from engaging in any activities related to swimming sports.

Link to the decision.

September 29, 2023

AQIU bans Mr. Bartosz Kamil Olejarczyk for 45 days.

29 September 2023, Lausanne – The Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer of the Aquatics Integrity Unit has suspended the Polish swimming coach Mr. Bartosz Kamil Olejarczyk for 45 days for violating Article 5 of the World Aquatics Integrity Code which requires acting with the highest ethical standards of integrity and prohibits disrespectful behaviours towards athletes and acts that give the appearance of impropriety. In addition to the forty-five-day period of ineligibility that will run from 29 September 2023 to 14 November 2023, Mr. Bartosz Kamil Olejarczyk will have to send a letter of apology to the offending person and compulsorily complete an online course on harassment and abuse on the IOC’s Athlete 365 platform.

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