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IAAF Anti-doping investigation leads to provisional suspension of Russian athletes

31.07.2008

MONACO - The IAAF has provisionally suspended seven athletes* from Russia for doping offences, a decision which has been acknowledged by the All Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF).
The athletes have been charged under IAAF Rules 32.2 (b) and 32.2 (e) for a fraudulent substitution of urine which is both a prohibited method and also a form of tampering with the doping control process. These rule violations were established following the deliberate storage of samples by the IAAF and re-analysis using comparative DNA techniques, and were the result of a specific investigation which was instigated and carried out by the IAAF for more than a year.

The IAAF will make no further comment until a final decision has been taken by the ARAF, which now takes over the responsibility to adjudicate these cases.

Note for Editors:

Under IAAF Rules, athletes have up to 14 days to request a hearing with the National Member Federation. If a hearing is requested, it must be held within a period of two months.

*Athletes provisionally suspended by the IAAF are:

Svetlana CHERKASOVA Ц 800m
Yulia FOMENKO Ц 1500m
Gulfiya KHANAFEYEVA Ц Hammer Throw
Darya PISHCHALNIKOVA - Discus Throw
Yelena SOBOLEVA Ц 800m / 1500m
Tatyana TOMASHOVA Ц 1500m
Olga YEGOROVA - 1500m / 5000m
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