IOC Bans Five More Russians From Olympics in Growing Doping Scandal

IOC Bans Five More Russians From Olympics in Growing Doping Scandal
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Published November 28th, 2017 - 20:23 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Five more Russian athletes were banned for life from the Olympics for doping during the 2014 Sochi Games as the International Olympics Committee moved to lay out the cases that have so far put the athletic careers of 19 people on ice, according to dpa.

The Monday release listed: skeleton athlete Sergei Chudinov; gold medallist bobsledder Aleksei Negodailo; gold medallist bobsledder Dmitry Trunenkov; silver medallist biathlete Yana Romanova; and silver medallist biathlete Olga Vilukhina.

The IOC promised to lay out the full cases against the five in due time. Their 2014 performances in Sochi have been ruled ineligible and they were all handed lifelong bans.

The case of banned Russian cross country skier Alexander Legkov was also laid out in full detail by the IOC, with a 46-page report detailing allegations of his use and attempts to cover up performance-enhancing substances.

According to the report, samples taken from Legkov showed hints of doping. Furthermore, whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, the former chief of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, provided details of Legkob's use of controlled substances and his reaction to them.

Rodchenkov also laid out details about how urine samples from Legkov were swapped out for drug-free ones that were sent to IOC analysts.

"The disciplinary committee has no hesitation to conclude that it is more than comfortably satisfied that the athlete was a participant in, and a beneficiary of, the cover-up scheme implemented on the occasion of the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014." The IOC first announced the punishment for Legkov on November 1.

Legkov, who won the 50-kilometre race in Sochi, previously insisted he was clean and would take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The cases against the athletes who have not failed doping tests are based on reports from independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) investigator Richard McLaren who, however, did not single out individual athletes.

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