Paris - Russian hammer thrower Tatyana Lysenko, the reigning Olympic champion
and two-time former world gold medallist, has been provisionally
suspended for doping, the IAAF announced on Tuesday.
Lysenko, now known under her married name of Tatyana Beloborodova,
tested positive after retesting of samples taken at the 2005 world
championships in Helsinki, Russian media reported.
The IAAF, however, specified neither the date of the positive test
nor for what banned substance the hammer thrower tested positive.
The news comes as a further blow to Russian athletics, with the
country's federation sidelined from international competition since
November over state-sponsored doping and widespread corruption.
Russia is now scrambling to get its house in order before an IAAF
Council meeting in May which will likely decide whether their athletes
will be allowed to compete at the Games in August.
For Lysenko, a lengthy ban could be awaiting, the 32-year-old having
already served a two-year ban after testing positive for a hormone
blocker in 2007, shortly after she'd won the 2006 European gold having
bagged a silver at the Helsinki worlds the previous year.
She was awarded world silver in 2005 after team-mate Olga Kuzenkova tested positive.
Lysenko missed the 2007 worlds in Osaka and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing because of her first suspension.
The IAAF has since 2005 stored samples taken for re-testing as
analysis techniques improve. World athletics' governing body has also
raised the statute of limitations from eight to 10 years, a move made
within the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code.