CAS retracts golden medal of Russian Olympic champion Savinova for using doping
MOSCOW, February 10 (RAPSI) – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has disqualified Russian middle-distance runner Mariya Savinova-Farnosova for four years and forfeited part of her trophies, including golden 2012 London Olympic Games medal, for using doping, the court’s press-release reads on Friday.
The court found that Savinova was engaged in using doping from July 26, 2010 through August 19, 2013 and therefore violated rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAFF). Savinova was banned for four years with her disqualification period beginning on August 24, 2015. Her prizes, medals, prize and appearance money obtained in the specified period are to be retracted, the press-release reads.
The disqualification of Savinova is one of the many recent doping scandals surrounding Russian athletes and international sport institutions.
On November 9, 2015, WADA held a press-conference in Geneva where independent commission of the organization accused Russia of numerous anti-doping rules violations. Commission recommended International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to suspend Russian athletes from participation in competitions under its auspices, including the 2016 Olympics.
IAAF followed the recommendation and suspended the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF). Subsequently, anti-doping laboratory in Moscow was suspended while RUSADA was declared non-compliant to WADA Codex standards.
On July 21, 2016, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed an appeal by Russia's Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes against excluding from participation in competitions. Only one Russian athlete, Darya Klishina (long jump) took part in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
In mid-July 2016, the first part of the so-called McLaren Report was presented by Professor Richard McLaren from Canada acting as an independent person in a probe into alleged state-sponsored cover up and manipulation of the doping control process. At that time the authors stated that the Russian sport authorities were aware of these facts; moreover, certain officials directly participated in falsifications.
According to the first part of the report, the work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory was allegedly aimed at protection of Russian athletes taking prohibited substances, whereas the Sochi anti-doping laboratory developed a system of samples swapping during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The second part of the report, stating that “over 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter, and Paralympic sports could be identified as being involved in or benefitting from manipulations to conceal positive doping tests”, was released on December 9.