30th October 2018

RusAF disqualifies five for doping

The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has disqualified five athletes for doping, one of which tested positive for four prohibited substances and another of which is under 20. An in-competition sample taken from hammer thrower Tatyana Kachegina (Татьяна Качегина) on 28 June returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for meldonium, stanozolol, GHRP-2 and turinabol, RusAF announced. Kachegina has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 24 July.

Another hammer thrower, Natalya Polyakova (Наталья Полякова) returned an AAF for metenolone, an anabolic steroid, on 19 July at the 2018 Russian Athletics Championships in Kazan. She has been disqualified for four years from 8 August.

Yana Mikhailova (Яна Михайлова), who competes in the shot put, has been sanctioned with a two year ban from 12 July, after returning an AAF for methylhexanamine during the Russian Junior (u20) Championships in Chelyabinsk. The stimulant often turns up as an ingredient in sports supplements.

Another junior sprinter, Daria Tvorogova (Дарья Творогов) has been sanctioned with a two year ban after returning an AAF for meldonium from a 26 January in competition test. It is understood that Tvorogova was one of 36 athletes that withdrew from a regional Siberian championship in Irkutsk, also in January, following the arrival of doping control officers (DCOs).

Finally, Sergei Kotov (Сергей Котов), a distance runner, has been sanctioned with a four year ban from 20 July. RusAF said that Kotov had failed to appear at the doping control station at the Russian Cup of Athletics in Zhukovsky on 20 July.

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