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IOC sanctions five Russian athletes after Sochi 2014 doping investigation

November 27, 22:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Sergei Chudinov, Aleksei Negodailo, Dmitrii Trunenkov, Yana Romanova and Olga Vilukhina are found to have committed anti-doping rule violations, IOC said

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MOSCOW, November 27 /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has sanctioned five Russian athletes, skeleton racer Sergei Chudinov, biathletes Olga Vilukhina and Yana Romanova, and bobsledders Aleksei Negodailo and Dmitrii Trunenkov, following the Sochi 2014 doping investigation conducted by the IOC Disciplinary Commission headed by Denis Oswald, IOC said in a press statement on Monday.

"Sergei CHUDINOV, Aleksei NEGODAILO, Dmitrii TRUNENKOV, Yana ROMANOVA and Olga VILUKHINA are found to have committed anti-doping rule violations pursuant to Article 2 of The International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules applicable to the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, in 2014, and are disqualified from the events in which they participated. In addition, the five athletes are declared ineligible to be accredited in any capacity for all editions of the Games of the Olympiad and the Olympic Winter Games subsequent to the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014," IOC said.

In July 2016, the IOC set up two separate commissions to probe doping abuse allegations in Russian sports as well as alleged involvement of state officials in manipulations with performance enhancing drugs, particularly at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi.

The first of the two commissions is an Inquiry Commission, chaired by the former President of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid. The commission is looking into accusations set out in the McLaren report that alleges the existence of a supposed institutional conspiracy in Russia’s summer and winter sports, in which the country’s state officials were allegedly engaged in.

The second investigative body at the issue is a Disciplinary Commission, chaired by IOC Member Denis Oswald. This commission is tasked to address alleged doping uses and manipulation of samples concerning the Russian athletes, who participated in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.

Based on the results of the commissions’ investigations the IOC is set to decide during its Executive Board’s session on December 5 whether the Russian national team would be cleared to take part in the PyeongChang Olympics.

The Oswald-led commission has already annulled the results and slapped with life bans 14 Russian athletes: cross-country skiers, Alexander Legkov, Evgeniy Belov Maxim Vylegzhanin, Alexey Petukhov, Julia Ivanova and Evgenia Shapovalova, skeleton racers Alexander Tretyakov, Elena Nikitina, Olga Potylitsyna and Maria Orlova, bobsledders Alexander Zubkov and Olga Stulneva, and skate racers Olga Fatkulina and Alexander Rumyantsev.

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