10th September 2018

Sanctions against Abakumova & Lebedeva announced by AIU

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has confirmed that Mariya Abakumova and Tatyana Lebedeva have been sanctioned after retests of samples tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). Abakumova (pictured), who took silver in the Javelin at Beijing 2008, was disqualified by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 13 September 2016 as part of its retesting programme. Lebedeva, who took silver in the Beijing 2008 long jump, was disqualified by the IOC in January 2017. In July this year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed appeals by both athletes against their IOC disqualifications.

The sanctions, listed on the AIU internet site, confirm a four year ban for Abakumova and a two year ban for Lebedeva. It is understood that Abakumova was sanctioned with a longer ban because retests of a sample given at the Daegu 2011 IAAF World Championships also tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT).

Abakumova’s results from 21 August 2008 to 20 August 2012 have been annulled. This means that she has also lost the bronze medal she took at the Berlin 2009 IAAF World Championships, and the gold she took at the Daegu 2011 IAAF Worlds. Lebedeva’s results have been annulled from 18 August 2008 to 17 August 2010, which means she has also lost the silver medal she took at the Berlin 2009 Worlds.

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