Russian athletes federation won't select individuals that don't return Olympic medals
RUSAF, the suspended Russian athletics federation, has said it will not in future select athletes for competition who have failed to return Olympic medals having been sanctioned after testing positive for banned substances in retesting of samples from the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games.
Thirteen Russian athletes from the 2008 games and five from the 2012 edition have so far failed tests under the IOC’s reanalysis.
In a statement yesterday, RUSAF said: "We are informing that if athletes and coaches, who are subjected to suspensions and provisional bans and failed to return Olympic medals, regalia and prize money to organisers of tournaments, will have no right of participating in athletic competitions of RUSAF and will not be included in national pool lists as well as the national team."
Last December, the IOC announced it was to retest the samples of all Russian athletes who competed at the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 winter Olympics in Sochi after revelations of large-scale doping and cover-ups were revealed in the McLaren report.
The report alleged that over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and Paralympic sports (including non-Olympic sports) were involved in, or benefited from, manipulations to conceal positive doping tests between 2011 and 2015.
RUSAF was suspended by the IAAF amid the allegations of state-supported doping, and almost its entire track and field team was excluded from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last summer.
Alexandra Brilliantova, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee’s Legal Department, told Russia’s Tass late last month, that so far none of Russia’s medal winning athletes that had tested positive under the retests had returned their medals.
However, Anton Kokorin, a bronze medallist in the 4x400 metres at the Beijing games, claimed this week that he has returned his medal after his teammate Denis Alekseyev tested positive in the IOC’s reanalysis.
Last week, Mariya Savinova (pictured left), became the latest Russian athlete to be ordered to return an Olympic medal, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that there was “clear evidence” she had used performance-enhancing drugs.
Savinvova was handed a four-year ban by CAS, backdated to August 2015, and ordered to return her gold medal won in the 800 metres at London 2012, as well as world and European titles.
Meanwhile, FISA, the international rowing federation, has set out the criteria for Russian athletes wishing to compete in its championships in 2017.
Fisa has ordered that the Russian Rowing Federation submit a list of athletes that would potentially be taking part in this year’s events by 1 March.
In addition, the list must include a record of all anti-doping tests and results that have been carried out on these rowers since January 2013.
FISA banned 20 Russian rowers from competing at Rio 2016 after the body reviewed the anti-doping tests of the country’s rowers under the guidance of the IOC.