IOC Bans 4 More Russian Skiers for Life
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has disqualified four more Russian cross-country skiers for their involvement in the Sochi scandal, which has now seen a total of 6 Russian athletes banned for doping violations.
The sanctions are the result of an investigation into the Russian states involvement in a doping conspiracy at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. The International Olympic committee (IOC) has published the second conclusions from the Oswald Commission hearings, banning the quartet based on further evidence of doping and sample-swapping.
‘The Disciplinary Commission, chaired by IOC Member Denis Oswald, is responsible for investigating the alleged doping violations by individual Russian athletes. Therefore, all the samples collected from Russian athletes at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 that were available to the IOC were re-analysed. This had two goals – to further review the samples for evidence of doping, and separately to determine if the samples themselves or the bottles were manipulated or tampered with’.
The four athletes - Yuliia Ivanova, Alexey Petukhov, Evgeniya Shapovalova and Maxim Vylegzhanin have all been given life bans.
The full IOC statement can be found here.
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