Moscow - Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) has banned four athletes for doping,
as the country struggles to overturn a suspension on its track and
field team that could see it miss the Rio Olympics.
Committee said Irina Maracheva, an 800-metres medalist at the 2012
European championships, had been banned for two years, along with race
walker Anna Lukyanova, for doping violations based on documents handed
over by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
have also confirmed a four-year ban for the runners Yelena Nikulina and
Maria Nikolayeva, the Olympic Committee said in a statement dated
No more details of the reasons for the bans were given.
athletics is currently mired in scandal following a bombshell report by
a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) independent commission alleging
state-sponsored doping and mass corruption in the sport.
provisionally suspended the Russian athletics federation in November,
meaning that the track and field team cannot compete in international
The bans are the first handed out by ROC since it took control of the sport following the Russian federation's suspension.
IAAF said Russia could only be reinstated if it fulfilled strict
criteria, including compliance with all WADA and IAAF anti-doping rules
An IAAF inspection team is due Monday to meet Russia's new athletics chief Dmitry Shlyakhtin in Moscow.
two-day visit by the IAAF taskforce will be a "low-key meeting behind
closed doors," Russian athletics federation spokeswomen Alla Glushchenko said.