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The Russian team could lose the first place in the medal standings of the winter Olympic games in Sochi 2014. This became known after the biathlete Evgeny Ustyugov, according to a source, was found guilty of violating doping rules, and the results from August 2013 to end of season 2013-2014 — cancelled, writes TASS.
As indicated earlier, in this period falls the Sochi Olympics, so Ustyugov should be deprived of the gold won at these Games in the relay. In this regard, the Russian team will lose the leadership in the overall medal standings 2014 Olympics and will drop to third place, behind Norway and Canada, who occupy first and second places respectively.
Ustyugov has three weeks to challenge the decision on punishment in the court of arbitration for Sport, notes TASS. If the court will deliver a verdict not in favor of the athlete, Russia will lose the first place in the medal standings of the 2014 Games, following a decision by the International Olympic Committee.
General Director of the Russian anti-doping Agency (RUSADA) Yuri Hanus in an interview with RIA Novosti has confirmed that the organization received information about the disqualification of Ustyugov. “We were told about it. We waited for an official statement from the Federation of the Union of biathletes of Russia]”, he said. The punishment of the athlete and the revocation of his Olympic gold also announced the international biathlon Union (IBU).
The world anti-doping Agency (WADA) instituted proceedings against Evgeny Ustyugov in 2018. The organization was investigating his possible violations at the Games in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi. In September 2018 Ustyugov and 64 Russian biathletes suspected of use of illegal drugs.
At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver Ustyugov won the gold and bronze. He finished sports career in April 2014. In June, he will be 35 years.
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