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Russian runner says ready to return her 2008 Beijing Olympics gold in 4x100m relay

February 17, 15:03 UTC+3

The ARAF announced earlier that all Russian track and field athletes, who failed to return medals, would not be listed in the national team

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MOSCOW, February 17. /TASS/. Russian track and field athlete Alexandra Fedoriva is ready to return her gold medal she won in the 4x100 meters relay at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, her mother Lyudmila told TASS on Friday.

"We have called the (All-Russia Athletics) Federation yesterday and informed them of our intention to return the medal," Lyudmila Fedoriva said in an interview with TASS.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stated last August that following doping samples’ retests, the Russian team was stripped of its 2008 Olympics gold in women’s 4x100 meters relay since one in the quartet of Russian runners, namely Yulia Chermoshanskaya, tested positive for banned substances.

The ARAF announced in its statement on Thursday that all Russian track and field athletes, who failed to return medals as it was required earlier by the IOC based on their disqualifications, would not be listed in the national team. The Russian athletics federation added that Russian track and field athletes must return a total of 23 Olympic medals following a series of retests of their doping samples collected at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games.

Alexandra Brilliantova, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) Legal Department, told TASS late last month that none of the Russian 2008 and 2012 Olympians, who were disqualified by the IOC after two rounds of doping re-tests, returned their medals as it was required by the Olympic Charter.

It emerged on Monday, however, that Russian runner Anton Kokorin returned to the IOC his bronze medal, which he won at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing in 4x400 meters relay. He was obliged to return the medal after his teammate Denis Alekseyev’s doping sample tested positive for doping after the reanalysis. Kokorin is the only Russian track and field athlete at the moment to return his medal.

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