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Russian Olympic champ suspected of doping use clean of any IAAF restrictions — coach

May 27, 16:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the coach, Anna Chicherova will be competing at the Russian team championship in Sochi
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Russia’s 2012 Olympic Champion in high jump Anna Chicherova

Russia’s 2012 Olympic Champion in high jump Anna Chicherova

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MOSCOW, May 27. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) did not issue any restrictions of sports activities for Russia’s 2012 Olympic Champion in high jump Anna Chicherova, suspected of violating anti-doping regulations at 2008 Games, her coach Vladimir Plekhanov told TASS on Friday.

"Anna has not received any papers from the IAAF prohibiting her to take part in sports competitions,’ Plekhanov said in an interview with TASS. "Therefore, she will be competing at the Russian team championship in Sochi."

The Russian championship in women’s high jump begins in the country’s southern resort city of Sochi on Friday.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) informed the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) that following mass re-tests of doping samples collected at the 2008 Summer Olympics in China, a total of 14 Russian athletes showed positive results for taking banned substances.

Chicherova, who won the bronze medal in high jump at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, was among the 14 Russian athletes accused by the IOC of taking banned performance enhancing drugs.

The IOC Executive Board met for a special session on May 17 discussing efforts of stepping up the fight against the drugs cheats and provide measures to protect clean athletes ahead of the Olympics in Rio.

Following the session, the IOC announced that a total of 31 international athletes competing in six different sports could be barred from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro over violations of anti-doping regulations.

According to the IOC, 454 doping samples from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 were selected for retesting. The world’s governing Olympic body also pledged to retest some 250 samples from the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro between August 5 and 21.

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