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Russia's athletics federation agrees with ruling on athletes' medals annulment

March 24, 18:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Six Russian field and track athletes were stripped of all their titles and medals they won between 2009 and 2013, including one gold and one silver medals of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London
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MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) announced on Thursday it had no objections at all regarding the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne to strip of medals a group of Russian athletes.

"The decision is final and is not a subject to appeals," the ARAF said in a statement posted on its website. "The All-Russia Athletics Federation accepts it for enforcement."

"The ARAF is confident that the implacable fight against doping in the national field and track athletics will yield its results and Russians will be able to return to the world family of athletics," the statement added.

Six Russian field and track athletes were stripped of all their titles and medals they won between 2009 and 2013, including one gold and one silver medals of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, for anti-doping rules violations.

The decision was made following a ruling of the CAS, which on Thursday upheld an appeal from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) against six Russian athletes and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

Six Russians in the case are titled field and trackers Sergey Kirdyapkin, Sergey Bakulin, Olga Kaniskina, Valery Borchin, Vladimir Kanaikin and Yulia Zaripova.

In March 2015 the IAAF announced its disagreement with RUSADA’s decision to suspend a a group of Russian athletes for doping-related violations selectively annulling results of the field and trackers at the issue. The IAAF insisted that all results of the banned athletes must be annulled beginning from the start of their suspensions and filed an appeal with the CAS against RUSADA’s decision.

The CAS viewed the appeal on Thursday and stated in its subsequent ruling: "The IAAF challenged what it felt was a "selective" disqualification of results, submitting that all results achieved by the athletes from the date of their first abnormal sample to the date they accepted a provisional suspension should be disqualified."

"In each case, the appeal filed by the IAAF has been upheld and the decision issued by the Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency for each athlete has been modified."

Among the annulled results on Thursday are the 2012 Olympic gold in men’s 50 km walk, won by Kirdyapkin and the 2012 Olympic silver in women’s 20 km walk, won by Kaniskina. Race walker Sergey Bakulin and runner Yulia Zaripova were deprived of their gold medals of the 2011 IAAF World Championship.

Artyom Patsev, a lawyer for the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), said in an interview with TASS earlier in the day commenting on the CAS ruling "that the decision cannot be appealed.".

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