26th October 2020

Four Russians sanctioned for doping

Four Russian athletes have been sanctioned for doping, including a five time Russian weightlifting champion whose third doping sanction will mean that she will have served 18 years in bans – longer than her professional career. Amina Maskhadova (Амина Масхадова) has been sanctioned with an eight year ban for competing whilst banned, the Russian Weightlifting Federation (ФTAP) announced. 

She served a two year ban from 2013 to 2015, and is currently serving an eight year ban imposed in 2016, reports Russian State news agency TASS. Her additional eight year ban will begin in August 2023. ФTAP also announced that Alexy Malyuk (Алексей Малюк) has been sanctioned with a four year ban from December 2019.

Race walker Maksim Krasnov (Максим Краснов) has been sanctioned with a four year ban for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) involving erythropoietin (EPO) and fonturacetam, the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced. Fonturacetam is a drug developed for Soviet cosmonauts to assist with the physical stresses of working in space. 

Krasnov returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for both substances at the Russian Race Walking Championship in Voronovo, near Moscow, on 5 September. His sanction will expire on 27 September 2024. The sanction was also announced by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which also publicised an 18 month sanction issued by Russia’s Bandy federation to Nikolay Melnikov (Николая Мельникова), after he returned an AAF for a prohibited substance.

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