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MOSCOW, November 29. /TASS/. The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled to suspend three Russian track and field athletes, Tatyana Chernova, Ekaterina Sharmina and Kristina Ugarova, over violations of the anti-doping rules, the CAS press service said on Tuesday.
"Tatyana Chernova is sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of three years and eight months, beginning on 5 February 2016. Ms Chernova’s period of suspension from 22 July 2013 until 21 July 2015, previously imposed by the Russian Anti-doping Agency (RUSADA), is to be deducted from this sanction. All results achieved by Tatyana Chernova between 15 August 2011 and 22 July 2013 are annulled and the athlete will forfeit any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money obtained during this period," CAS said. "Ekaterina Sharmina is sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of three years, beginning on 7 December 2015. All results achieved by Ekaterina Sharmina between 17 June 2011 and 5 August 2015 are annulled and the athlete will forfeit any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money obtained during this period. Kristina Ugarova is sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of two years, beginning on 7 September 2015. All results achieved by Kristina Ugarova between 26 June 2012 and 25 December 2012 are annulled and the athlete will forfeit any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money obtained during this period."
Last year, the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission carried out an investigation in regard to the activities of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Sports Ministry, and announced the results of the probe on November 9.
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.
Eventually, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decided to suspend ARAF’s membership in the global governing body of athletics and put forward a host of criteria, which the Russian ruling body of track and field sports was obliged to implement to restore its membership in the global federation.
In mid-June June, the IAAF Council ruled it was still too early to restore ARAF’s membership in the international organization subsequently extending the suspension of Russian athletes from all international tournaments, including the 2016 Olympic Games in August.