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IAAF busts six athletes in re-tested samples

OSTAPCHUK-DOPEMONACO, France, March 8- Former Russian Olympics champion Olga Kuzenkova and disgraced Belarusian former world titleholder Nazdeya Ostapchuk are in more trouble after world governing body IAAF established they are among six athletes who returned adverse findings in re-tests from the 2005 World Championships.

Ostapchuk is among four of her compatriots who have tested positive from the re-tests with Andrei Mikhnevich, Ivan Tsikhan and Vadim Devyatovskiy and she is currently serving a one year ban for testing positive for anabolic agent metenolone at the London Olympics.

Russia’s Tatyana Kotova, is the other athlete exposed on Friday.

“The IAAF’s message to cheaters is increasingly clear that, with constant advancements being made in doping detection, there is no place to hide,” confirmed IAAF President Lamine Diack in a statement.

“This re-testing is just the latest example of the IAAF’s firm resolve to expose cheating in our sport. The IAAF will continue to do everything in its power to ensure the credibility of competition, and where the rules have been broken, will systematically uncover the cheats.”

Ostapchuk who won the women’s Shot put world title in Helsinki is likely to be stripped of that title as well following her London failed dope test that saw New Zealand’s Valarie Adams elevated to the top medal.

Kuzenkova was the first woman to throw the hammer more than 70 meters and in December, she was being investigated by the Russian federation after her sample from the 2005 World Cup showed a prohibited substance.

Like Ostapchuk, Kuzenkova won gold in Helsinki.

“The six adverse findings involving have resulted in the initiation of disciplinary procedures which are currently ongoing in accordance with IAAF Rules.
The IAAF will not make any further comment until the completion of those proceedings,” the world governing body added.

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