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Lebedeva to appeal IOC decision on 2008 Olympic medals annulment

January 25, 19:28 UTC+3

The Russian athlete said that "she had been always fighting until the very end"

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MOSCOW, January 25. /TASS/. Russian track and field athlete Tatiana Lebedeva told TASS on Wednesday she decided to file an appeal against a decision from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to strip her of two medals she won at 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

"Definitely I will be filing an appeal," she said in an interview with TASS.

"I have been always fighting until the very end." 

Lebedeva told TASS on Wednesday she was ready to return her two silver 2008 Olympic medals only after doping abuse allegations against her were proved:

"I need to read through the regulations of how to give back medals. If the medals must be returned to an athlete, who successfully passed a doping test, I am ready to come and give them. I am also ready to extend my apologies."

She was also suspended from her position in the International Association of Athletics Federations after IOC's statement. 

"I have received documents today that I have been temporarily discharged while an investigation is underway," she said in an interview with TASS. "My work in IAAF has been suspended." 

Lebedeva, who is the 2004 Olympics champion in long jump, the 2000 Games bronze medal winner in triple jump and the record holder of indoor triple jump (15.36 meters), was a member of the European Athletics Association’s Athletes Commission.

The IOC announced earlier in the day its decision to strip Lebedeva of two medals after the reanalysis of her doping samples from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing tested positive for banned substance turinabol.

"Tatiana Lebedeva, 40, of Russia, competing in the women’s triple jump event and the women’s long jump event in which she ranked 2nd and for which she was awarded a silver medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008," the IOC said in its statement.

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