January 25, 2016 / 1:40 PM / 2 years ago

Russia bans European medalist Maracheva, three others for doping

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Monday they had banned four athletes including European silver medalist Irina Maracheva for doping offences.

Yelena Arzhakova (R) of Russia celebrates with compatriot Irina Maracheva after winning at the women's 800 metres final at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki June 29, 2012. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

Maracheva, who came second in the 800m at the 2012 European Championships, was named alongside 24-year-old race-walker Anna Lukyanova and runners Yelena Nikulina and Maria Nikolaeva.

Russia was suspended from world athletics in November following allegations of widespread and state-sponsored doping in a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“Implementing our strict position about the fight against doping, taken into account the documents we have received from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the ROC has disqualified Irina Maracheva and Anna Lukyanova for two years for breaking anti-doping rules,” the Russian Olympic Committee said in a statement.

Lukyanova was a silver medalist at the 2010 World junior championships.

The Olympic Committee said the Russian Anti-Doping Agency had banned Nikulina and Nikolaeva for four years.

(This version of the story has been refiled to fix typo in lead)

Reporting By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy

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