Moscow - Two-time European track cycling champion Elena Brezhniva
of Russia has been banned for four years for doping.
The sanction for Brezhniva, who won European team sprint gold in
2013 and 2014, is backdated from June 22, 2015, the Russian anti-doping agency
says in a statement, without specifying the nature of the offense.
Russia head cycling coach Sergei Kovpanets said Brezhniva failed
an out-of-competition test while at home in a case of "negligence,"
in comments to the R-Sport agency.
Russia's road and track cycling programs have long been dogged by
doping, including a long-running and still unresolved case regarding two-time
Olympic bronze medallist Olga Zabelinskaya.
The agency also announced a four-year ban for national kayak
champion Dmitry Yekimov, and a two-year ban for Galina Nikiforova, a member of
Russia's handball team.