ARAF: Five doping admissions could help speed up reinstatement
Five Russian track and field stars - including shot putter Yevgenia Kolodko and relay runner Antonina Krivoshapka who both won silver medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games - have been suspended for two years for doping.
Both Kolodko and Krivoshapka had already been stripped of their London 2012 medals, but are now expected to have to hand back medals from other championships in 2012 and 2013 after the ban was announced by the All-Russia Athletic Federation.
Also banned are hammer thrower Anna Bulgakova, discus thrower Vera Ganeyeva, and pole vaulter Dmitry Starodubtsev.
Admissions of guilt by the five could help speed up the reinstatement of ARAF, a senior Russian sports official told the TASS news agency. Yelena Ikonnikova, an ARAF anti-doping co-ordinator, said: “I believe it will yield a positive effect regarding the federation’s membership reinstatement. At least we hope it will.”
ARAF was suspended by the IAAF, athletics’ world governing body, in late 2015 in the wake of a major doping and corruption scandal in Russian track and field.