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Russian skier says IOC’s decision to launch anti-doping probe comes as major blow

December 11, 2017, 21:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian skier Nikita Kryukov won silver medal at the 2014 Olympics in men’s team sprint, however, the medal was annulled after the IOC had announced a life suspension for his teammate

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Nikita Kryukov

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MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. A statement made earlier in the day by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to probe three more Russian cross-country skiers on accusations of violating anti-doping regulations was completely unexpected, Nikita Kryukov, one of the athletes under the investigation, told TASS on Monday.

Sergey Kryanin, a vice president of the Russian Cross Country Ski Federation, announced to TASS earlier in the day, that the athletes at the issue were Nikita Kryukov, Alexander Bessmertnykh and Natalia Matveyeva, adding that their cases would be handled by the IOC Commission, led by Denis Oswald.

"This announcement came as a blow," Kryukov said in an interview with TASS. "I believe that the outcome of this decision would be the same just like in previous cases."

"I can hardly find a word saying anything in this regard," the 32-year-old Russian cross-country skier added.

Last month, the IOC announced its decision to introduce Olympic life suspensions, as well as to annul 2014 Winter Games results in regard to Russian cross-country skiers 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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