Russian Olympic champion Andrei Silnov, Natalya Antyukh is banned for doping | Instant News


LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Russian Olympic champions Andrei Silnov and Natalya Antyukh have each been banned for four years for doping offenses, the Court of Arbitration for Sports said Wednesday.

Silnov and Antyukh were both charged last year for using or attempting to use illegal substances or methods. The allegations stem from a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation into Russian doping in 2016.

Silnov won gold in high jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Antyukh won the title in the 400 meter hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics. He also won bronze in 400 and silver in the 4×400 relay in 2004. They will defend their Olympic medals.

No athlete has competed since 2016, but Silnov was senior vice president of Russia’s track federation until June 2019, when he resigned, citing an investigation by the Athletics Integrity Unit into his behavior.

The CAS did not immediately say when the verdicts were handed down or provide details on the cases. They are published in brief summaries of various cases and appeals regarding 12 Russians.

Yelena Soboleva, who won the world indoor championship silver medal in 2006, was banned for eight years, and hammer thrower Oksana Kondratyeva, who was disqualified from fifth place at the 2013 world championships, was banned for four years.

The CAS also reduced the length of the ban on four Russians, including high jumper Ivan Ukhov. The ban was cut from four years to two years, nine months. The decision did not reverse an earlier decision in a doping case to remove Ukhov from the 2012 Olympics high jump gold medal.

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