News 12th August 2019

Tatyana Chernova’s results from 2008-16 annulled

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that Tatyana Chernova’s results from 17 August 2008 until 5 February 2016 have been annulled. The AIU said that heptathlete has accepted a charge involving use of a prohibited substance based on evidence in the Reports into Russian State doping produced by Richard McLaren for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). 

Chernova has already been sanctioned for doping, in two cases (CAS 2015/A/4050 and CAS 2016/O/4469) that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) considered together. Chernova was sanctioned by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) on 20 January 2015 after reanalysis of a sample given on 15 August 2009 returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for oral turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone). She was was issued with a two year ban running for 22 July 2013 until 21 July 2015, with disqualification of results from 15 August 2009 until 14 August 2011. 

The IAAF filed an appeal seeking an increased sanction and further disqualification of results. The RUSADA decision allowed her to keep the Gold Medal she won in the Daegu 2011 IAAF World Championships.  

Separately, the IAAF charged Chernova with an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) on 5 February 2016, based on analysis of her athlete biological passport (ABP). The IAAF alleged that her blood values were not consistent with use of oral turinabol, and she should be charged with two ADRVs, resulting in a ban from 14 August 2009 until 5 February 2016. 

The CAS partially upheld the IAAF’s appeal (decision below), imposing a sanction of three years and eight months on Chernova, disqualifying her results from 15 August 2011 until 22 July 2013. This extended the initial disqualification by RUSADA to cover the Gold Medals won by Chernova at the Daegu 2011 IAAF World Championships and at the Kazan 2013 Universiade, as well as the Bronze Medal she won at the London 2012 Olympics. The AIU decision extends the disqualification of her results beyond 2013 to 5 February 2016.

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