Antyukh and Silnov were both charged last year with anti-doping violations resulting from the report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency that a state-sponsored doping system existed in Russia.
File image by Natalya Antyukh. AFP
Lausanne: The Russian Olympic champions Natalya Antyukh and Andrey Silnov were banned for doping for four years each after being named in the 2016 McLaren report, the arbitration court for sports announced on Wednesday.
Antyukh and Silnov were both in Charged last year with anti-doping violations resulting from the report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency that a state-sponsored doping system existed in Russia.
The 36-year-old Silnov won the high jump title at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and 39-year-old Antyukh was a gold medalist in the women’s 400m hurdles at the 2012 London Games. She also won bronze in the 400m and a silver medal in the 4x400m relay in Athens in 2004.
Both athletes will keep these medals as CAS has decided that only their results will be canceled from 2013 onwards.
Silnov has not competed since 2016, but was up until 2 019 Vice-President of the Russian Athletics Federation when he resigned.
The Sport Supreme Court also fined two other Russian athletes named in the McLaren report, middle-distance runner Yelena Soboleva and hammer thrower Oksana Kondratyeva.
Soboleva became Banned for eight years and nullified all of their results from 2011 to 2016, CAS said, without giving the reasons for the decision. At the 2007 World Championships, the 1,500-meter silver medal was withdrawn from her.
CAS also shortened the duration of the bans for four Russians, including the high jumper Ivan Ukhov, whose ban was shortened from four years to two years and nine months.
The decision does not affect a previous decision to revoke Ukhov’s 2012 Olympic high jump title for doping.
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