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Russian Paralympic medalist suspended for nine months as tested positive for cannabis

November 17, 2015, 18:44 UTC+3 GENEVA
The 26-year-old athlete is a numerous winner of World’s and European championships
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GENEVA, November 17. /TASS/. Russian sprinter Alexander Zverev, who won silver at 2012 Paralympics, has been suspended for nine months for an Anti-Doping Rule violation, the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) website said on Tuesday.

The sample provided this June after Zverev had competed at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Berlin was positive for cannabis. This substance is prohibited strictly in-competition.

"As a result of his violation, Zverev will be ineligible from competition for nine months from 6 August 2015, the date the athlete was provisionally suspended, until 5 May 2016," the statement said.

All Zverev’s results obtained from the date of the test and onwards will be disqualified including forfeiture of any medals, points, records and prizes.

The 26-year-old athlete is a numerous winner of World’s and European championships.

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