European Medallist Among Four Russians Banned for Doping

Updated: 25 January 2016 18:28 IST

Irina Maracheva, silver medal winner in the 800 meters at the 2012 European championships, received a two-year ban, as did race-walker Anna Lukyanova, a former silver medallist at the world junior championships.

European Medallist Among Four Russians Banned for Doping
Irina Maracheva competes in the European Championships in 2012. © AFP

Moscow:

The Russian Olympic Committee says it has banned four Russian athletes for doping, including a former European silver medallist.

Irina Maracheva, silver medal winner in the 800 meters at the 2012 European championships, received a two-year ban, as did race-walker Anna Lukyanova, a former silver medallist at the world junior championships.

There were also four-year bans for runners Maria Nikolaeva and Elena Nikulina.

The sanctions were the first handed down by the ROC, which has gained some authority over the Russian track and field federation since it was banned from global competition in November over allegations of systematic doping.

The ROC did not specify which violations the four athletes had committed, when the bans were dated from, or which results would be canceled out as a result.

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