The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne has dismissed the appeal of Adrian Zieliński against the decision of POLADA’s Second Instance Disciplinary Panel imposing a sanction on the athlete for the violation of anti-doping rules. This means that the sanction of 4 years of ineligibility imposed by the Disciplinary Panel at POLADA remains in force. Furthermore, the Court of Arbitration ruled that Adrian Zieliński should pay 2,000 Swiss francs to POLADA as costs incurred in connection with the case. It is one of the most important judgments of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne ever imposed on Polish athletes. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also upheld the sanction of 4-year ineligibility imposed on Tomasz Zieliński by the International Weight Lifting Federation (IWF).
The scandal involving the Zieliński brothers being the biggest doping scandal in the history of Polish sport has ended today. Soon after the opening of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the world learned about the positive result of doping tests Tomasz Zieliński, and later of the positive result of doping tests of his brother Adrian Zieliński, when 19-norandrosterone (nandrolone), an anabolic-androgenic steroid, was detected in the samples taken from both athletes.