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Russia’s top race-walking coach Chegin suspended over doping announces end of career

July 16, 2015, 19:28 UTC+3 SARANSK
A number of Russian athletes trained by Viktor Chegin were recently punished for doping
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Russia’s chief race-walking coach Viktor Chegin

Russia’s chief race-walking coach Viktor Chegin

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SARANSK, July 16. /TASS/. Russia’s chief race-walking coach Viktor Chegin who is under a doping investigation has decided to end his career, INFO-RM regional news agency reported on Thursday.

Chegin who has been suspended from work made the announcement at a news conference in Saransk, where Olympic Training Center of the Republic of Mordovia is located.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said earlier on Thursday that Chegin had been suspended from work in the Olympic Training Center of the Republic of Mordovia until the end of Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA’s investigation.

RUSADA launched an anti-doping investigation into Chegin on Wednesday.

A number of Russian athletes trained by Chegin were recently punished for doping.

Among them is Olympic and World Champion race walker Elena Lashmanova who was handed a two-year suspension after her blood test on January 4, 2014 proved positive for taking substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

In January 2015 RUSADA suspended Olympic Champions in race walk Valery Borchin, Sergey Kirdyapkin and Olga Kaniskina as well as Russia’s 2011 World Champion Sergey Bakulin and 2011 World Championship silver medalist Vladimir Kanaikin after they were found guilty of violating anti-doping regulations.

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