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Russia’s quadruple rowing crew banned from 2016 Olympics for doping abuse

July 01, 2:30 UTC+3 GENEVA
One of the crew’s members, Sergei Fedorovtsev, tested positive for banned performance enhancing drug Trimetazidine
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GENEVA, July 1. /TASS/. A quartet of Russian rowers has been disqualified from taking part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games after one of the crew’s members, Sergei Fedorovtsev, tested positive for banned performance enhancing drug Trimetazidine, the press service of the World Rowing Federation (FISA) announced on Friday.

"The World Rowing Federation, FISA, advises that the Russian men's quadruple sculls is to be disqualified due to a doping violation," the statement from FISA said.

"On 17 May 2016, rower Sergei Fedorovtsev provided a urine sample at an out-of-competition test conducted by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency," the statement said.

"Fedorovtsev was a member of the Russian men’s quadruple sculls that qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta on 24 May 2016 in Lucerne, Switzerland."

Fedorovtsev, 36, is the 2004 Athens Olympic Games gold medalist and two-time European champion.

"On 30 June 2016, the B sample was opened in the presence of the rower and the subsequent analysis confirmed the result of the A sample," FISA reported. "The Olympic qualification place for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games earned by the Russian men’s quadruple sculls on 24 May 2016 is hereby withdrawn.".

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