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IOC suspects three more Russian cross-country skiers of doping abuse — sports official

December 11, 2017, 19:02 updated at: December 11, 2017, 19:26 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The athletes at the issue are Nikita Kryukov, Alexander Bessmertnykh and Natalia Matveyeva

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MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspects three more Russian cross-country skiers of anti-doping rules violations, Sergey Kryanin, a vice president of the Russian Cross Country Ski Federation, told TASS on Monday.

The athletes at the issue are Nikita Kryukov, Alexander Bessmertnykh and Natalia Matveyeva. Their cases will be examined by the IOC Commission, led by Denis Oswald, according to the Russian sports official.

"The IOC Commission is set to probe the cases of Kryukov, Matveyeva and Bessmertnykh, who are suspected of violating anti-doping regulations," Kryanin said in an interview with TASS.

Last month, the IOC announced its decision to introduce Olympic life suspension, as well as to annul 2014 Winter Games results in regard to Russian cross-country skiers, namely Alexander Legkov, Yevgeniy Belov, Alexey Petukhov, Maxim Vylegzhanin, Julia Ivanova, Evgenia Shapovalova, Yulia Chekaleva and Anastasia Dotsenko.

The world’s governing Olympic body cited anti-doping rules’ violations as the reason for its decision.

Kryukov won silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi in men’s team sprint, however, the medal was annulled after the IOC had announced a life suspension for his teammate Vylegzhanin. Kryukov also finished in 13th place in sprint race at the 2014 Olympics. The Russian cross-country skier is the 2010 Olympic gold medalist and two-time 2013 World Champion.

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