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Swiss-based CAS rejects appeal of suspended Russian athlete

December 04, 2017, 20:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW

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

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MOSCOW, December 4. /TASS/. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected an appeal from Russia’s track and field athlete Tatyana Chernova, filed against the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to strip her of the 2008 Olympic bronze for anti-doping rules violation, the court said in its statement on Monday.

The IOC announced in April its decision to annul the bronze medal, which the Russian heptathlete won at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, after her doping sample reanalysis tested positive for the banned performance enhancing drug turinabol.

"The appeal filed by Russian heptathlete Tatyana Chernova against the decision issued by the Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dated 19 April 2017 has been dismissed," the Swiss-based court said in its statement.

"The IOC Disciplinary Commission decision in which Tatyana Chernova was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation (turinabol) at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games is confirmed and Tatyana Chernova is disqualified from the Women’s heptathlon event in which she won the bronze medal," the statement added.

In November 2016, the CAS ruled to suspend Chernova for the period of three years and eight months, starting from February 5, 2016, as well as to annul all of her results between August 15, 2011 and July 22, 2013.

As a result, the Russian heptathlete was stripped of her 2011 World Championship gold medal as well as of the 2012 Olympics bronze.

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 retesting, 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 23 medalists from both Olympics. On the whole, a total of 1,243 doping samples from the 2008 and 2012 Games were subjected for retesting.

In particular, the IOC ruled after the series of doping retests to annul a total of 19 medals from Russian athletes, who took part in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Athletes, who won medals in relays or other team competitions, were also obliged to give up their medals in case a doping sample retest of their teammates tested positive for banned substances.

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