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Gold medallists among 12 Russian athletes found guilty of doping

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has handed out sanctions to 12 Russian athletes utilising evidence that a “systemic” state-backing doping scheme was operated for a number of years.

The 12 athletes include Ivan Ukhov, who won gold in high jump at the 2012 summer Olympic Games, as well as hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko and high jumper Svetlana Shkolina, who both triumphed at Moscow’s staging of the 2013 Athletics World Championships.

Ukhov has been handed a four-year ban and retroactive disqualification of all results achieved from July 16, 2012 to December 31, 2015. Lysenko’s eight-year ban, starting from July 2, 2016, has been imposed for a second anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). All her results achieved from July 16, 2012 to July 2, 2016 are disqualified.

Shkolina receives a four-year ban and retroactive disqualification of all results achieved from July 16, 2012 to July 28, 2015. Meanwhile, Lyukman Adams, who won gold in triple jump at the 2014 World Indoor Championships, has also been handed a four-year ban.

CAS has ruled in the 12 first instance disciplinary procedures in which it replaced the Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF), which is currently suspended and unable to manage any disciplinary procedures.

The procedures stem from the investigation conducted by Professor Richard McLaren, mandated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), in relation to allegations of systemic doping practices in Russian sport.

Having studied the reports issued by McLaren, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), on behalf of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), pursued allegations of ADRVs against several Russian athletes, in particular to the effect that these athletes participated in and/or benefited from anabolic steroid doping programs and benefited from specific protective methods or ‘washout schedules’ in the period spanning the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2013 World Championships.

Brett Clothier, head of the AIU, said: “The CAS rulings confirm that the evidence underlying the McLaren Reports is reliable and is capable of establishing Anti-Doping Rule Violations.

“It needs to be noted that some of these cases were fought solely on the basis of the McLaren evidence, while others were combined with analytical evidence gathered through retesting. It is very encouraging for us and gives us the possibility to pursue more cases in the future.”

The AIU is also awaiting access to the data from the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and the underlying analytical data generated by the Moscow Laboratory that Wada is currently in the process of authenticating. Wada last month announced it had successfully received the data from the Moscow laboratory implicated in the Russian doping scandal, stating the news was a “major breakthrough” for clean sport.

Clothier added: “We will wait for more information concerning the practical aspects of the sharing of the athletics specific data from Wada and decide on the need for any further re-analysis or investigation that may be required in order to pursue more cases.”