Rus­sia in­ves­ti­gates claims of banned athletes rac­ing

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Rus­sian anti-dop­ing au­thor­i­ties have opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter two banned athletes were ap­par­ently al­lowed to com­pete in the coun­try’s big­gest marathon.

Ta­mara Shchemerova was listed as fin­ish­ing eighth in the of­fi­cial re­sults from last month’s Mos­cow Marathon, with Yevgeny Khokhlov listed in 10th place in a re­lated men’s 10-kilo­me­ter race.

How­ever, the Rus­sian track and field fed­er­a­tion had an­nounced four-year bans for both run­ners two days ear­lier. Shchemerova was banned for re­fus­ing to take a drug test at Rus­sia’s na­tional track and field cham­pi­onships, while Khokhlov tested pos­i­tive for the banned drug EPO.

The fed­er­a­tion also warned in a state­ment that Shchemerova had breached an ear­lier sus­pen­sion by con­tin­u­ing to com­pete.

Rus­sian anti-dop­ing agency head Anna Antse­liovich tells the R-Sport agency “we have started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion” into the pair.

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