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Russians could face up to 4-year ban for doping

Russians could face up to 4-year ban for doping

The entire Russian rowing federation could face a ban of up to four years because three more of its athletes were found to have used prohibited injections.
International Rowing Federation president Denis Oswald said Thursday that because the Russian federation was involved in a doping case in 2006, it could be banned for up to four years under a rule calling for stiff sanctions for four or more doping offenses within a 12-month period.
On Wednesday, Vladimir Varfolomeev, Denis Moiseev and Svetlana Fedorova were banned for violating rules concerning "use of a prohibited method," though they didn't test positive for doping.
"There were no positive tests and no prohibited substances. There was no blood doping and no injection of EPO. This is simply a case of intravenous infusions without medical justification," Oswald said at the world rowing championships.
If the federation is banned, that would exclude Russians from competing in next year's Beijing Olympics.
"This is something that I could imagine if it is in proportion to the offense," Oswald said. "However, as it would also affect innocent athletes it is a decision which needs to be taken carefully and a full and in depth enquiry must be concluded."
FISA was alerted to suspicious activity on July 16 when a bag containing substances and pieces of medical equipment used for intravenous infusions was found in a garbage can near the hotel of the Russian rowing team in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The bag was immediately taken to an accredited laboratory in Lausanne, Switzerland, and analyzed for substances. Traces of blood found on the medical equipment were tested for DNA, the federation said.
FISA has banned the rowers until Aug. 28, 2009, and is investigating the incident.


Updated : 2020-12-02 21:37 GMT+08:00