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OTTAWA, August 24. /TASS/. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has reduced the doping suspension term for Russian female athlete Liliya Shobukhova by seven months, WADA said in a statement on Monday.
As a result, the suspension term for Shobukhova equaled 2 years and 7 months and expired on August 23, 2015, the statement said.
WADA has made this decision, considering Shobukhova’s cooperation with the commission carrying out the probe, WADA said.
"In light of the substantial assistance that Ms. Shobukhova provided in line with the provisions of the World Anti-Doping Code, WADA has agreed to a seven-month reduction in the athlete’s sanction. This brings the total length of the athlete’s ineligibility period to two years and seven months, which ended on 23 August 2015, the statement said.
The Russian athlete "accepted from the outset that she had committed an anti-doping rule violation. The information and documentation provided by Ms. Shobukhova has been of substantial value in uncovering and investigating anti-doping rule violations committed by other individuals, including athlete support personnel," WADA said.
WADA’s statement comes amid fresh allegations of doping in international athletics, including Russian athletes.
The German television channel ARD aired a documentary on August 1, "Doping - Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics," which alleged that ARD and The Sunday Times had obtained a leaked database belonging to the International Association of Athletics Federations, which contained more than 12,000 blood tests from around 5,000 athletes in the years 2001 to 2012.
ARD further alleged that a third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests but none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.
The Sunday Times also alleged that Russian athletes suspected of doping abuse had won 80% of medals for their country at Olympic Games and World Championships between 2001 and 2012.
Russia came into the focus of a doping scandal last December, when German television aired a series of documentaries on alleged doping abuse in Russian sports. The ARD’s two-part documentary, entitled Geheimsache Doping (Secret Doping Case), claimed that Russian athletes systematically took banned substances on instructions from their coaches.
The All-Russia Athletics Federation was further hit by a series of high-profile doping scandals starting this year. On January 30, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA suspended country’s titled athletes Tatiana Chernova and Yulia Zaripova over doping abuse.
Runner Zaripova, a 2011 world athletics champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist, was disqualified for two years and six months from July 25, 2013. Chernova, a 2008 and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist and 2011 world champion, was disqualified for two years from July 22, 2013.
RUSADA also announced in January that 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 were suspended after they were found guilty of violating anti-doping regulations.