Russian athlete Savina gets 12-year ban

first_img Reuters MoscowMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 20:10 IST Russia has been rocked by several sporting bans in recent years after international investigations showed state-sponsored doping in sports. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSDistance runner Kseniya Savina has been banned for 12 years on doping chargesSavina attempted to shift the blame and also provide false medical documentsSavina’s results since May 2018 are declared voidRussian middle distance runner Kseniya Savina has been suspended for 12 years after she was found to have taken a banned substance and then provided false medical documents to avoid sanctions, the Athletics Integrity Unit said on Wednesday.The 29-year-old Savina, whose ban essentially ends her career, tested positive in an out-of-competition test for the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO last year and was provisionally suspended.She claimed at the time it was her coach and husband Alexei Savin who had needed the medication to treat what she said was chronic renal failure, and that it must has been mixed up with her own back pain medication, the AIU said.After Savina provided medical documents to support the claim that her husband had chronic renal failure, further investigation by the Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) for the AIU showed the documents had been forged.”The Athlete failed to respond as required by the specified deadline of 17 April 2019 and she is therefore deemed… to have admitted the first and second anti-doping rule violations and to have acceded to the consequences specified in the notice of charge,” the AIU said in a statement.Savina’s suspension period is 12 years and all her results since May 2018 are void, the AIU said.Such lengthy bans are uncommon but the athlete’s attempts to shift blame and avoid sanctions by providing false documentation added another anti-doping rule violation in her case.Savin, her coach, received a four-year ban for violating anti-doping regulations, the AIU said in a separate statement.Russia has been rocked by several sporting bans in recent years after international investigations found evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in athletics and a string of other sports.advertisementRussian anti-doping agency RUSADA and Russia’s athletics federation were suspended after a 2015 report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics.RUSADA was reinstated last year, while Russia’s athletics federation remains suspended by the global athletics governing body IAAF.Also Read | Cleared of doping charges, Davinder Kang named in 43-member India team for Asian ChampionshipsAlso Read | WADA retrieves more than 2,000 samples from tainted Moscow labAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Doping banFollow RUSADAFollow WADA Russian athlete Savina gets 12-year banA ban as long as 12 years is uncommon but Russian athelete Kseniya Savina attempted to shift blame and avoid sanctions by providing false medical documents added another anti-doping rule violation in her case.advertisement Nextlast_img read more