The trap reaches e-Sports: two expelled from Zwift for manipulating data

According to the CyclingTips portal, two runners have been punished until mid-July for manipulating the effort data of their activities.


The Israeli Antonina Reznokov and the German Selma Trommer have been excluded from the virtual races of the Zwift platform for "numerical doping", since both modified their data in a test they disputed from their homes, "discrediting the sport". Fraud has even reached the so-called E-sports, on the rise since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Antonina Reznikov and Selma Trommer have been excluded from participating in the "official Zwift Cycling Esports events" until mid-July 2021 after receiving six-month sanctions from January 11 and 18 respectively, according to the CyclingTips portal. Reznikov, an "Ironman" triathlete who placed third at the Israeli road racing championships last year, has been suspended for altering her power data from a Zwift Racing League event in which she placed fourth.

"Zwift's automated systems identified that the cyclist's power meter double log data was tampered with," noted the Zwift Verification Board. "Zwift's detailed analysis of the rider data identified that the power values presented were 32% higher than the originally recorded values."

Zwift discussed the issue with the user and while they initially denied editing the file, they eventually acknowledged that they had indeed changed their power data before submitting it to Zwift. Trommer, ranked 10th in the German road nationals, caught the eye of "Zwift's automated systems" for the same reason as Reznikov a week later, also at a Zwift Racing League event.

"Zwift's detailed analysis of rider data identified that the power values presented were 9% higher than the originally recorded values." Both Reznikov and Trommer will be able to continue using Zwift while serving the penalty, as long as they are not competing in official E-Sports events.

Both riders join two others who are currently serving bans for falsifying or modifying their race data. Austrian Shanni Berger began her suspension on August 18 last year and Britain's Lizi Duncombe joined her on the sidelines since September 20. Both Berger and Duncombe were sanctioned for "manufacturing or modifying data and discrediting the sport." Zwift monitors its own events to prevent cheating, in the same way that the World Anti-Doping Agency is tasked with detecting doping in outdoor races.

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