Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
Yuliya Gushchina (Ю́лия Гу́щина), Anna Nazarova/Klyashtornaya (Анна Назарова/Кляшторная) and Olesya Sviridova (Олеся Свиридова) have been sanctioned for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs), the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced. Both Gushchina and Nazarova were disqualified from the London 2012 Olympics in November 2017 after IOC retests of their samples revealed adverse analytical findings (AAFs) for turinabol, and also stanozolol in Gushchina’s case. RusAF said that both bans followed decisions taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which explains the reason for its delay in sanctioning the two athletes.
RusAF said that retesting of samples given by sprinter Gushchina at the Daegu 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships and the London 2012 Olympics returned AAFs for turinabol. Her four year ban would run from the date of her provisional suspension which at 27 March 2017, ties in with the IOC’s retests.
Long jump specialist Nazarova was sanctioned with a two year ban after retesting of a sample given at the London 2012 Olympics returned an AAF, also for turinabol. Her ban will run from the 17 May 2017 date of her provisional suspension, which means that her ban has already expired.
Sviridova was sanctioned separately with a four year ban following a decision of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). The shot-put athlete was initially sanctioned with a four year ban in March 2017, however RusAF said RUSADA had found that she acted as a judge in regional competitions, violating the terms of her ban. Her new four year ban will commence from 14 July 2020, when her current ban ends, meaning she will be ineligible until 14 July 2024.
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