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Russia may Lose Its First Place in the Medal Standings of the Olympics in Sochi 2014
February 15, 2020 17:10

Russian biathlete Yevgeny Ustyugov was deprived of the gold medal of the Olympics in Sochi. Because of this, Russia may lose its first place in the medal standings.

Russian biathlete Yevgeny Ustyugov was found guilty of violating anti-doping rules and was deprived of the gold medal of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. This was reported to TASS by a source in the Russian Biathlon Union. Information about the two-year suspension of Ustyugov  was confirmed by the press service of the International Biathlon Union (IBU). Due to the deprivation of Ustyugov medal, Russia may lose first place in the medal standings of the Sochi Olympics. 

Ustyugov is accused of using a prohibited substance - oxandrolone. The results shown in the period from August 2013 to the end of the 2013/14 season are subject to cancellation. It is also about depriving the gold medal, which he won in the relay at the Olympics in Sochi. The biathlete has the right to challenge the decision of disqualification in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for 21 days starting from February 13.

If Ustyugov’s results are canceled, Norway will take the first place in the Olympic medal standings - it has 11 gold, 5 silver and 10 bronze medals. Second place will be taken by Canada with 10 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze awards. Russia will move to the third place - it will have 10 gold, 9 silver and 9 bronze medals.

At the Olympics in Sochi, Ustyugov played in a team with Anton Shipulin, Dmitry Malyshko and Alexei Volkov. Due to sanctions against Ustyugov, they may also lose gold medals, TASS notes. The IBU also announced on its website the disqualification of Russian biathlete Svetlana Sleptsova, who won a gold medal at the Olympics in Vancouver.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has got information on the disqualification of Ustyugov and is awaiting an official statement from the Russian Biathlon Union, the head of RUSADA, Yuri Ganus, told RIA Novosti.

Russia has already been losing the first place of the Olympics in Sochi. In November 2017, the International Olympic Committee disqualified the Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov. Then, Russia was left without two gold medals in bobsled: in men's deuces and fours. However, in February 2018, CAS granted the appeal of 28 Russian athletes (the appeal of the steering crew of Zubkov was partially satisfied), and Russia returned to the first line.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Sochi 2014 Russian international Russian sports   

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