IAAF says Russian bans show 'robustness' of anti-doping program

BY foxsports • February 2, 2015

MONACO -- The IAAF says the spate of doping bans among top Russian athletes shows the "robustness" of the sport's drug-testing program.

So far this year, bans have been handed to seven Russian track-and-field medalists from major championships, including four Olympic champions.

Suspensions were imposed Friday on Olympic 3,000-meter steeplechase champion Yulia Zaripova and former heptathlon world champion Tatyana Chernova.

The International Association of Athletics Federations says in a statement Monday the two cases are "the latest illustration of the robustness of the IAAF anti-doping program."

The IAAF says more than 40 "elite athletes" have been sanctioned based on abnormal biological passport profiles. The program, started in 2009, tracks an athlete's blood parameters for signs of doping.

Zaripova was among those sanctioned for a biological passport violation. Chernova was caught in a retesting of drug samples from the 2009 world championships.


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