CAS bans Ch­er­nova, En­nis-Hill set for third world ti­tle

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Rus­sian hep­tath­lete Tatyana Ch­er­nova was banned by the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS) on Tues­day for dop­ing and stripped of her 2011 world ti­tle, ef­fec­tively hand­ing the crown to Jes­sica En­nis-Hill.

Ch­er­nova’s gold medal from the world cham­pi­onships in Daegu, South Korea is now set to be awarded to the Bri­ton En­nisHill, the 2012 Lon­don Olympic cham­pion and sil­ver medal­list at this year’s Rio Games. CAS banned Ch­er­nova, 28, for three years and eight months, with all her re­sults over a two-year pe­riod from the world cham­pi­onships in 2011 now void. En­nis-Hill, who won world gold in her own right in 2009 and 2015, has long called for the 2011 ti­tle to go to her af­ter Ch­er­nova had a sam­ple from the 2009 world cham­pi­onships retested later to re­veal an an­abolic steroid. Ch­er­nova, just the lat­est Rus­sian ath­lete pun­ished for dop­ing, would not have been el­i­gi­ble to com­pete in South Korea if her pos­i­tive test had been dis­cov­ered at the time.

Soon af­ter the CAS state­ment came out, En­nis-Hill posted a mes­sage on In­sta­gram along­side a pic­ture of her and a cel­e­brat­ing Ch­er­nova in Daegu. “This im­age was for­ever im­printed in my mind! How­ever much it drove me on for what I was about to achieve at my first Olympics in Lon­don, in my heart I just knew it was wrong,” En­nis-Hill wrote.

“So happy to finally be re­ceiv­ing my gold medal. Triple World Cham­pion WOW.” En­nis-Hill, the 2012 Olympic cham­pion, won her other hep­tathlon world golds at Berlin in 2009 and Bei­jing last year.

As well as los­ing her 2011 world ti­tle Ch­er­nova has also been de­prived of her 2012 Olympic bronze, with Lithua­nia’s Aus­tra Sku­jyte set to in­herit third. CAS is­sued bans for Rus­sian mid­dle dis­tance run­ners Eka­te­rina Sharmina (three years) and Kristina Ugarova (two years).

All three cases were re­ferred to CAS by ath­let­ics’ gov­ern­ing body the IAAF in Fe­bru­ary with the top sports court step­ping in to take over from Rus­sia’s sus­pended ath­let­ics fed­er­a­tion the ARAF.

The IAAF had ruled that CAS was to de­ter­mine the fate of all Rus­sian ath­letes ac­cused of dop­ing.

This trio were found guilty af­ter their “Ath­lete Bi­o­log­i­cal Pass­ports (ABP) showed ev­i­dence of blood dop­ing,” CAS said in a state­ment. Tues­day’s ver­dicts are open to ap­peal. In its state­ment CAS said: “The col­lec­tion of the blood sam­ples for these ath­letes started many years ago (dat­ing back to 2009 for Ms Ch­er­nova, to 2011-2012 for the oth­ers), but the anal­y­sis of the blood val­ues and of the Bi­o­log­i­cal Pass­ports was con­ducted in 2015.”

Rus­sia’s im­age in world sports has been badly tar­nished by ev­i­dence of state-spon­sored dop­ing that saw its ath­let­ics team and en­tire Par­a­lympics squad ex­cluded from the Rio Games this sum­mer. — AFP

Jes­sica En­nis-Hill

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