19 Russian track and field athletes busted for doping

It is not known how many of the athletes are, or were, Russian national team members

June 18th, 2019 by | Posted in The Scene | Tags: , , , , ,

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.

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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.

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