Rus­sian ath­letes defy or­der to re­turn medals

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MOSCOW: The sil­ver medals sprinter Tatyana Firova won at the Bei­jing and Lon­don Olympics are stored in a safe in her apart­ment near Moscow in de­fi­ance of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, which has wanted them back for months.

Firova is one of six ath­letes who said they had yet to re­turn Olympic medals and diplo­mas from the Bei­jing and Lon­don Games. Two of these ath­letes said they had no in­ten­tion of re­turn­ing them, while three oth­ers said they would do so but were un­clear how to pro­ceed, had lo­gis­ti­cal con­straints or were await­ing the out­come of an ap­peal. An­other ath­lete was un­de­cided.

“I don’t want to re­turn my medals be­cause I think no one would have de­served them more,” said Firova, who was stripped of her Bei­jing sil­ver medal in the 4x400m re­lay af­ter banned sub­stances, in­clud­ing the an­abolic steroid turin­abol, were found in her sam­ples.

Rus­sia’s ath­let­ics fed­er­a­tion said three stripped Olympic medals and one diploma had been re­turned, and that sev­eral ap­peals were still be­ing heard. – Reuters

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