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Russian hurdler gets 4-year suspension over doping abuse

March 01, 2016, 14:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Maxim Kosyukov's sample probe, taken on June 23, 2015, tested positive for banned substance metenolone

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MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. A Russian Olympic executive body ruled to suspend national hurdler Maxim Kosyukov from sports activities after finding him guilty of taking performance enhancing drugs, the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) announced on Tuesday.

The Interim Coordination Committee (ICC) of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) ruled to suspend the 17-year old athlete from the city of Volgograd for the period of four years after his sample probe, taken on June 23, 2015, tested positive for banned substance metenolone.

The committee also annulled all of Kosyukov’s results he showed at sports competitions since last year’s June.

Following a series of high-profile doping scandals involving the ARAF last year, the IAAF (International Athletics Associations Federation) suspended the Russian federation’s membership in the global governing body of athletics and put forward six criteria, which ARAF must implement to restore its membership.

The IAAF Taskforce, set up in mid-November with the aim to reform the ARAF, oversees the implementation of these criteria. The IAAF monitoring body paid three visits to Russia beginning this year, with the most recent one in mid-February.

Experts say it is highly possible that Russian national athletics teams will be suspended from the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil this year following the findings from the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The Independent Commission of WADA published on November 9 the results of its probe into the activities of the ARAF, the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the RUSADA and the Russian Sports Ministry.

The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances.

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