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IAAF suspends 7 Russian athletes

india Updated: Jul 31, 2008 23:59 IST

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The IAAF has temporarily suspended six Russian athletes after discovering DNA convergence in their samples given for dope testing last year, the head of Russian athletics federation Valentin Balakhnichev said. “We received a letter from IAAF, which said that Yelena Soboleva, Daria Pishchalnikova, Gulfia Khanafeyeva, Tatiana Tomashova, Yulia Fomenko and Svetlana Cherkasova were temporarily suspended,” Balakhnichev said. The IAAF later confirmed a provisional suspension for 1,500m and 5,000m runner Olga Yegorova.

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