Following on from the International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban 3 Russian athletes for life earlier this month following failed drugs tests from the 2014 Sochi winter games they have today named another 11 that have been handed Life time bans.
The group contains two silver winning Lugers Tatyana Ivanova and Albert Demchenko who have both been stripped of their medals along with other members of the Russian squad that competed in events such as Bobsled, Speed Skating and Ice Hockey.
This takes the toll for Russian athletes banned since the ‘McLaren report was published implicating over 1000 Russian athletes from all forms of sport had been compliant in a state sponsored doping programme between 2011 and 2015. The author of the report Lawyer Richard McLaren described it as
“It was a cover-up that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy,”
adding the Salt and coffee were used to manipulate Russian test samples to the extent that 3 test samples from Russian athletes during the Sochi games had salt readings that were physiologically impossible, while two Russian female Ice hockey players gave Male urine samples to be tested!
The 11 that were named yesterday take the complete list of those handed life time bans up to 46 which will continue to grow as individual cases are reviewed.
The 11 Russian Athletes receiving life time bans on December 22nd are:
Tatyana Ivanova and Albert Demchenko, lugers
Ivan Skobrev and Artyom Kuznetsov, speed skaters
Nikita Kryukov, Alexander Bessmertnykh and Natalia Matveeva, cross-country skiers
Liudmila Udobkina and Maxim Belugin, bobsledders
Tatiana Burina and Anna Shchukina, ice hockey players