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IOC bans 4 Russian athletes

Sunday, November 26, 2017

MOSCO - Russia has been stripped of two golds and a silver from the 2014 Winter Olympics after doping violations.

The president of Russia's bobsleigh federation Aleksandr Zubkov, 43, who won gold in the two-man and four-man event, has been disqualified.

Sochi 2014 silver medallist Olga Fatkulina and Alexander Rumyantsev, both speed skaters, and bobsledder Olga Stulneva have had their results voided.

The quartet have also been banned for life from any future Olympics.

All four were investigated following last year's publication of the McLaren Report, which detailed a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia.

The ruling will promote Great Britain from fifth to fourth in the four-man bobsleigh, and GB could be awarded a bronze medal if an ongoing investigation into a second Russian team, who finished fourth, finds them guilty of anti-doping rules.

The International Olympic Committee will rule on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics at its next meeting from 5-7 December.

In November 2015, Russia was banned from international athletics after claims of state-sponsored doping.

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