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MOSCOW, May 24. /TASS/. Russia’s 2012 Olympic champion in high jumps Anna Chicherova is suspected of doping abuse at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing where she won a bronze medal, Chicherova’s personal coach Yevgeny Zagorulko said on Tuesday.
"Three days ago, Anna received a notice that her doping sample from the Beijing Olympic tested positive after a re-check and she called me," the coach said.
"So far, this is at the development stage and this has not yet been finally confirmed. But all are aware of this and are dealing with the issue," the coach said.
As a source in the Olympic Committee of Russia (OCR) earlier told TASS, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) notified the OCR that 14 Russian participants in the Beijing Olympics were suspected of doping abuse.
The Russian athletes came under suspicion after a re-check of their doping samples initiated by the IOC. The names of the Russian athletes have not been disclosed but it is known that most of them are track and field athletes.
The IOC reported earlier that it had re-checked with the assistance of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 454 doping samples taken during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The study focused on the doping samples of those athletes who potentially can perform at the 2016 Rio Olympics. As a result, up to 31 athletes representing 12 countries and six kinds of sport may be suspended from their participation in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil this year.
The doping samples B of 31 athletes will be checked in an Australian laboratory in early June.
Russian sports has been in the center of doping-related scandals since last year. Starting this year doping control in Russian sports has been exercised by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).
WADA’s Independent Commission published on November 9 last year the results of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (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.
RUSADA and the Moscow anti-doping laboratory subsequently suspended their activities, while WADA’s Board of Founders approved the finding of the agency’s Independent Commission that RUSADA did not comply with the Code of the international anti-doping organization.