2012 Olympic finalist banned from using Russian lab evidence


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Monaco – Monaco (AP) – A Russian shooting putter which reached the 2012 Olympic final was prohibited Thursday on the basis of proof of 10 years of doping supported by the State which had long been hidden in a database Moscow laboratory.

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Irina Tarasova was banned for two years and disqualified based on all of her shot put results between July 2012 and July 2016, the Athletics Integrity Unit said.

Tarasova ranked ninth in the Olympic final in London. She was also stripped of her results at the 2013 World Championships held in Moscow and the 2014 European Championships in Zurich.

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The AIU did not specify the evidence against Tarasova found in the Moscow test laboratory which was part of a dead end of several years between the World Anti -Doping Agency and the Russian authorities.

WADA asked Russia for a clean version of the Moscow 2018 database in an attempt to close the steroid doping scandal that marred the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Sochi Winter Games .

The program was based on Moscow laboratory staff working with state authorities to hide positive drug screening tests and manipulate data entered in the global anti -doping system.

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WADA has testified to approximately 40 sporting bodies, including World Athletics since obtaining the database in 2019.

The falsification of data before the transfer led to an arbitration tribunal for the sports decision which banned the name, the flag of the Russian team from the Tokyo Olympics last year and the Beijing Winter Games in february.

Tarasova, now 35, competed internationally in 2015. Her ban, which expires in July 2024, also prevents her from working in the sport.

In another database proof case, the AIU disqualified the results in 2012-2014 for Olesya Sviridova, a Russian athlete with weight launch and discs which already purges a four-year ban for doping.

The two athletes can appeal against the sanctions of the heirs.


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