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Russian athlete stripped of 2012 Olympic gold medal

Yuliya Zaripova celebrates winning the 3000 metre steeplechase in 2012 Credit: Reuters

A Russian athlete has been stripped of the gold medal she won at the London 2012 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said.

Yuliya Zaripova, who came first in the women's 3,000 metre steeplechase at the Olympics four years ago, tested positive for turinabol.

She was among 12 athletes - including seven medallists - who have been disqualified from their events following a retesting of samples, the IOC said.


Russian athletes wait nervously to hear Olympic fate

Russia's athletes are still unsure whether they will be allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics.

An International Olympic Committee (IOC) panel, which has final say on the matter, has said only that it will make the decision by the end of Thursday, the day before the Games begin.

ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott reports from Rio de Janeiro.

IOC panel will have final say over Russian athletes

Russian athletes need to be cleared to participate in the Rio Games Credit: Reuters

An International Olympic Committee (IOC) panel of three will have the final say on which Russian athletes can compete at the Rio Olympic Games.

The panel will review all decisions made by international federations, the IOC said Saturday.

Earlier this month the IOC set criteria for Russians to compete in Rio after the sporting world was rocked by revelations of state-backed doping in the country.

More than 250 Russian athletes have so far been cleared to compete in this year's games, which start next week.

Seb Coe rejects Russia call to reconsider Rio athletes ban

IAAF president Sebastian Coe has rejected the Russian government's call for the federation to reconsider its ban on dozens of Russian athletes from competing at the Rio Olympics.

IAAF president Lord Coe insists Russia, not his organisation, is responsible for the country's drug-free athletes being banned from competing in Brazil. Credit: PA

Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko wrote to the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) after the International Olympic Committee ruled it was up to individual sporting federations to decide if Russia's sportsmen and women should miss next month's Games because of the exposed state-sponsored doping scandal.

Lord Coe's reply said last month's ban of 67 Russian athletes, which followed their individual appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, will be upheld, adding: "There are no grounds for further review."

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