3rd July 2019

Ten Russians sanctioned for doping offences

Three powerlifters, three weightlifters, three track and field athletes, and a blind athlete have been sanctioned with anti-doping rule violations, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has announced. The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has sanctioned middle distance runner Natalia Khokhlova (Хохлову Наталью) with a two year ban from 12 November 2018; middle distance runner Artem Leonenko (Леоненко Артема) with a four year ban from 8 February 2019; and discus athlete Arina Moses (Арина Моисеева) with a four year ban from 21 March 2019. Moses’s sanction, after she returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for methylhexanamine, 1,3-dimethylbutylamine and LGD-4033, was announced by RusAF at the start of the month, as reported.

RUSADA also announced that the Russian Weightlifting Federation (OTAP) has sanctioned Nadezhda Lomova (Надежду Ломову) with a with a four year ban from 21 March 2019; Svetlana Yakovleva (Светлану Яковлеву) with a two year ban from 6 June 2019; and Maxim Novikov (Максима Новикова) with a 4 year ban from 4 June 2019. The sanctions issued to Yakovleva and Novikov were also announced on the OTAP’s internet site, as was an additional four year sanction issued to Elizabeth Sadurdinova (Елизавета Садурдинова). In April, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced that Lomova, who won Silver in the 63kg category at the 2014 European Weightlifting Championships, had returned an AAF for metenolone and metenolone metabolite 1-methylene-5α-androstane-3α-ol-17-one, as reported.

RUSADA also announced that the Russian Powerlifting Federation (FPR) has sanctioned Ainura Fassahova (Айнура Фассахова) with a two year ban from 22 April 2019; Dmitry Dyatko (Дмитрия Дятко) with a four year ban from 19 June; and Yuliya Gubenko (Юлию Губенко) with a four year ban from 22 November 2021. Gubenko’s ban was extended under Article 10.11.1 of the All Russian Anti-Doping Rules, which prohibits participation whilst serving a period of ineligibility. Gubenko won joint first place in the Masters, 40-49 at the World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) European Championships in Moscow last year. Finally, RUSADA announced that the Russian Blind Sports Federation (FSS) has sanctioned Nicholas Kozarevo (Николая Козарева) with a one year ban from 15 June 2018.

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