ATHLETICS: Russia bans five athletes
The Russian Anti-Doping Agency announced bans for five athletes following analysis of their biological passports, which revealed abnormalities in their blood values.
Teigning 50 kilometre walk champion Sergei Kirdyapkin is among the them.
Sergei Bakulin, a silver medallist at London 2012 in the 20 kilometre walk, and 2011 world 50 kilometre champion, also received a three year and two month ban.
Valery Borchin, the winner of an Olympic gold medal in the 20 kilometre walk in 2008, has been suspended for eight years for a second offence, while Vladimir Kanaykin has received a life ban for a repeat offence.
The 38-month bans were also handed to Kirdyapkin and Olga Kaniskina, a now retired gold medallist at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
The cases of Kirdyapkin and Kaniskina have been backdated to October 2012, while Sergei Bakulin’s sanction runs from December 2012.
Kirdyapkin will therefore be able to defend his title at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
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