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Russian long jumper Lebedeva appeals with CAS annulment of her 2008 Olympic medals

February 10, 18:41 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The International Olympic Committee announced on January 25 its decision to strip Tatiana Lebedeva of two Olympic medals
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Tatiana Lebedeva

Tatiana Lebedeva

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MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Russia’s long jumper Tatiana Lebedeva told TASS on Friday that she filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to strip her of 2008 Olympic medals.

"I have filed all the necessary documents and submitted an appeal with CAS," Lebedeva, 40, said in an interview with TASS.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on January 25 its decision to strip Lebedeva of two Olympic medals. The decision was made after the reanalysis of her doping samples from the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing tested positive for banned substance turinabol.

The Russian athlete was a silver medal winner in long jump and also the silver medalist in triple jump at the 2008 Games in China.

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 also member of the European Athletics Association’s Athletes Commission.

The IOC Executive Board convened a special session last year on May 17 discussing efforts of stepping up the fight against the drugs cheats and furnish measures to protect clean athletes ahead of the Olympics in Rio. As part of its anti-doping efforts, IOC ordered reanalysis of doping samples of athletes from 2008 Olympics in Beijing and 2012 Olympics in London.

Following two rounds of re-testing, 98 Olympians were reported to test positive for banned substances - 60 from the 2008 Games and 38 from the 2012 Games. Among them were over 25 medalists from both Olympics.

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