Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed that a four year ban will be issued to Russian middle distance runner Natalya Evdokimova, and a three year ban to race-walker Andrey Krivov. In an emailed statement, the CAS said that a ‘request for arbitration’ against the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) and the athletes had been upheld in both cases.
CAS said that Evdokimova’s ban would run from 14 April 2016, and her results from 17 August 2009 until 29 May 2012 would be cancelled. This means that the fifth place she secured in the 1,500m at the 2009 European Indoors will stand, but she will lose the eighth place she secured in the same event at the 2009 IAAF Worlds.
Krivov’s ban will run from 12 April 2016, and his results from 20 May 2011 until 6 July 2013 are disqualified. This will mean that he will lose two golds won in the 20km walk and 20km team walk at the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen China, but will keep golds won at the same events at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.
The CAS did not list the reasons for the ban. However a RusAF statement said that both had been disqualified because of irregularities in their athlete biological passports (ABP). As such, the IAAF had charged them with violating paragraph 32.2(b) of the IAAF Competition Rules, which concerns use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method.
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