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Two Russian skiers banned for doping

Sat, Dec  26, 2009 - By FIS

The FIS Doping Panel found that Russian Cross-Country skiers Natalia Matveeva (RUS) and Julija Tchepalova (RUS) have committed an anti-doping rule violation contrary to article 2.1 of the FIS Anti-Doping Rules.

Natalia Matveeva tested positive for the use of the prohibited substance recombinant EPO, identified on the WADA Prohibited List 2009 in Class S2 Hormone and Related Substances, during an in-competition doping control on 16th January 2009 in Whistler (CAN).

Julija Tchepalova tested positive for the use of the prohibited substance recombinant EPO, identified on the WADA Prohibited List 2009 in Class S2 Hormone and Related Substances, during an in-competition doping control on 3rd January 2009 in Val di Fiemme (ITA).

Ban for Matveeva and Tchepalova

The athletes are ineligible to participate in any capacity in an event or activity authorized or organized by FIS or any National Ski Association until 12th March 2011 (Matveeva) respectively 20th August 2011 (Tchepalova). In accordance with article 10.8, all competitive results obtained from the date that the positive samples were obtained are disqualified, along with the forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

The FIS Doping Panel decisions may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days before the above decisions will come into force.