Russian Olympic champions Andrei Silnov and Natalya Antyukh have every been banned for 4 years for doping offenses, the Court of Arbitration for Sport mentioned Wednesday.
Silnov and Antyukh had been each charged final yr with utilizing or trying to make use of a prohibited substance or technique. The fees stemmed from a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation into Russian doping in 2016.
Silnov received gold within the excessive leap on the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Antyukh received the title within the 400-meter hurdles on the 2012 London Games. She additionally received bronze within the 400 and silver within the 4×400 relay in 2004. They will hold their Olympic medals.
Neither athlete has competed since 2016, however Silnov was the senior vice chairman of the Russian observe federation till June 2019, when he stepped down citing an investigation by the Athletics Integrity Unit into his conduct.
CAS didn’t instantly say when the verdicts had been handed down or give particulars on the circumstances. They had been printed in a short abstract of varied circumstances and appeals regarding 12 Russians.
Yelena Soboleva, who received a world indoor championship silver medal in 2006, was banned for eight years and hammer thrower Oksana Kondratyeva, who was disqualified from fifth place on the 2013 world championships, was banned for 4 years.
CAS additionally lowered the size of bans for 4 Russians, together with excessive jumper Ivan Ukhov. His ban was reduce from 4 years to 2 years, 9 months. The ruling doesn’t reverse an earlier choice in a doping case to strip Ukhov of the 2012 Olympic excessive leap gold.