On Monday the deputy director of Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA), Margarita Pakhnotskaya, announced doping charges against 33 Russian athletes, 19 of them track and field athletes, according to a CBC Sports report. The athletes were not named, but Pakhnotskaya told the Associated Press that some were national team members.
The athletes, who all train at a sports academy in Chuvashia in central Russia that is known for track and field. They are accused of receiving intravenous infusions of various substances from a female doctor, who was also reported to authorities for inducing athletes to dope. A number of the athletes are underage. But RUSADA later said the case was closed, since the doctor had not been informed that the infusions were banned.
International anti-doping rules prohibit intravenous infusions of over 100 mL in 12 hours except with a valid medical reason, even if the substance itself isn’t normally banned.