- © Photo: Maxim Konyaev / PR+Sport Agency
© Photo: Maxim Konyaev / PR+Sport Agency
MOSCOW, January 21 (R-Sport) - 12 Russian athletes in seven different sports have tested positive for banned substances, while two more have disqualified as a result of earlier failed tests, national anti-doping agency RUSADA said Tuesday.
Although none of the athletes involved are from winter sports, the test results are still likely to be unwelcome reading for Russian sports bosses as the country gears up to host the February 7-23 Olympics in Sochi. The results also come days after separate allegations of a failed test for Russia’s swimming world champion Yulia Efimova.
The most prominent of the athletes in Tuesday's announcements is former national kickboxing champion Andrei Khlynovsky. RUSADA also named three shooters, three track and field athletes, two weightlifters, a kayak racer, a wrestler and a powerlifter as having failed drug tests.
The 12 gave positive samples at various national championship events between September and December and have now been provisionally suspended from competition pending the conclusion of a formal disciplinary process, RUSADA said. There was no word on which banned substances had been found in the samples.
None of the 12 has ever won a medal at a major international competition.
Separately, two powerlifters have been given full bans for failed tests that were announced last month, RUSADA said, citing the Russian Powerlifting Federation. Alexander Shumilov was given a two-year ban backdated to November 15, while Yuri Kivilev was handed a six-month disqualification dated from November 6.