9th July 2019

Five Russians sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations

Athletes competing in rugby union, ice hokey, cycling, swimming and cross country skiing have been sanctioned for doping offences, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced. Rugby union player Dmitry Gritsenko (Дмитрия Гриценко), who plays for the RC Kuban and has competed for the national team, was sanctioned with a two year ban after returning an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a prohibited substance. His sanction will run from 15 July 2018 to 15 July 2020.

Alexander Titov (Александра Титова), part of Metallurg’s (Novokuznetsk) defence during the 2016/17 season, has been sanctioned with a four year ban, running from 3 October 2017 to 3 October 2021. Titov returned an AAF for a prohibited substance, and was also sanctioned for tampering/attempted tampering with a doping control.

Cyclist Ekaterina Golovastovu (Екатерину Головастову) has been sanctioned with a two year ban from 15 June 2018 to 15 June 2020 after returning an AAF for a prohibited substance. In 2016, Golovastovu received a Master of Sports award from the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Youth for the Moscow region. In 2017, she won Silver in the Madison event at the Russian track cycling championships.

Swimmer Christina Vershinin (Кристину Вершинину) has been sanctioned with a six month ban from 3 December 2018 after returning an AAF for a prohibited substance, which expired on 3 June 2019. The experienced swimmer has won a number of events at different disciplines within Russia.

Cross country skier Andrei Nischakova (Андрея Нищакова) has been sanctioned with a four year ban after returning an AAF for a prohibited substance, which  runs from 20 June 2019 to 20 June 2023. Nischakova competes at the 50km distance, however his sanction is yet to feature on the Russian Cross Country Ski Federation’s (FLGR) list of sanctioned athletes.

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