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Six Athletes Test Positive for Doping from 2005, Track Body Says

March 08, 2013

Four Belarussian and two Russian athletes were found to have doped when track and field’s governing body re-tested samples taken at the 2005 world athletics championship, the sport’s governing body said today.

Disciplinary action has begun against Belarussian shot- putters Andrei Mikhnevich and Nadzeya Ostapchuk, and hammer throwers Ivan Tsikhan and Vadim Devyatovskiy along with Russian long jumper Tatyana Kotova and hammer thrower Olga Kuzenkova, the International Association of Athletics Federations said today in an e-mailed statement.

The IAAF used improved tests to look at several samples taken during the 2005 championships in Helsinki, Finland, and found evidence of cheating by the six athletes, it said.

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

Two athletes -- Vladislav Piskunov of Ukraine and India’s Neelam Jaswant Singh -- had already been sanctioned and disqualified for doping violations at the 2005 event, the IAAF said.

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