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IOC bans for life 11 more Russian athletes over doping abuse allegations

December 22, 2017, 19:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The International Olympic Committee has banned for life 11 more Russian athletes and annulled two silver medals won by Russian luger Albert Demchenko at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

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Russian speedskater Ivan Skobrev

Russian speedskater Ivan Skobrev

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MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned for life 11 more Russian athletes over doping abuse allegations and annulled two silver medals, won by Russian luger Albert Demchenko at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

"Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has published 11 new decisions from the Oswald Commission hearings, which are being conducted in the context of the Sochi 2014 forensic and analytic doping investigations," the IOC said in its statement on Friday.

The athletes at the issue are: Speed skaters Ivan Skobrev and Artem Kuznetcov, lugers Tatyana Ivanova and Albert Demchenko, cross-country skiers Nikita Kryukov, Alexander Bessmertnykh and Natalia Matveeva, bobsledders Liudmila Udobkina and Maxim Belugin, female ice hockey players Tatiana Burina and Anna Shchukina.

"To date, the number of cases opened by the Disciplinary Commission has reached 46 after additional findings from the re-analyses," according to the IOC statement. "All 46 of them have been handled, of which three have been filed."

"As some investigations are still ongoing (notably the forensic analysis of the bottles), it cannot be excluded that there might be new elements that would justify opening further new cases and holding more hearings," the statement added. "The 11 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."

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