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Doping: Savinova-Farnosova Loses Olympic Gold Medal To Semenya

Unic Press UK: Russian athlete Mariya Savinova-Farnosova is guilty of doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said.

“On the basis of clear evidence, including the evidence derived from her biological passport (ABP), Mariya Savinova-Farnosova is found to have been engaged in using doping from 26 July 2010 (the eve of the European Championship in Barcelona) through to 19 August 2013 (the day after the World Championship in Moscow) and accordingly to have violated Article 32.2(b) of the IAAF Competition Rules (the IAAF Rules) which concerns “Use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method”. As a consequence, a four-year period of ineligibility, beginning on 24 August 2015, has been imposed on Mariya Savinova-Farnosova and all results achieved by her between 26 July 2010 and 19 August 2013, are disqualified and any prizes, medals, prize and appearance money forfeited.” (The Court of Arbitration for Sport: 10 February 2017)

The runner, Savinova-Farnosova will forfeit some of the medals earlier awarded to her, including a 2012 Olympic gold medal in the 800m final.

South African athlete Mokgadi Caster Semenya would be a recipient of another Olympic gold medal as she was the runner-up in the 800m final at London 2012.

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