Five Russian athletes have voluntarily admitted a violation of anti-doping code, the All-Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) announced on Wednesday.
The athletes have been punished with two-year doping ban after being tested positive for the banned substance- turinabol, which they reportedly used at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 track and field world championships.
A statement released by the federation state the athletes as Anna Bulgakova (hammer thrower ), Antonina Krivoshapka (400m runner), Yevgenia Kolodko (shot putter ), Vera Ganeyeva ( discus thrower) and Dmitry Starodubtsev ( pole vaulter).
Anna Bulgakova was handed the ban for failing a retest of the sample given at the 2013 World Championships where she finished fifth.
29-year-old Antonina Krivoshapka won the silver in 4×400 relay team for Russian at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and 26-year-old Yevgenia Kolodko won the 2012 Olympic shot put silver medalist. Both had previously been taken off their medals by the International Olympic Committee.
2008 Summer Olympics pole vault finalist Dmitry Starodubtsev was fourth at the 2012 Olympics and discus thrower Vera Ganeyeva finished 23rd at the Olympics.
RusAF anti-doping coordinator Yelena Ikonnikova told AFP via phone that this is the first time when Russian athletes acknowledged the anti-doping rules violations. And also, the first case that concerns the re-examination of the previously taken samples
She added that if the IAAF, offers such a simplified procedure to the athletes[Russian] who are currently under investigation, more may follow this example.
Ikonnikova hinted that the athletes ‘ voluntary acknowledgment of breaching the rules could help re-establish the Russia’s athletics federation, which has been barred from international tournaments since November 2015 by IAAF.
Ikonnikova pointed of a reduced ban as the IAAF usually send each athlete the letter giving them the option of admitting their guilt and accepting the sanctions and If the athlete accepts this offer, the IAAF then approves the decision, which can no longer be disputed.