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MOSCOW, July 29 (R-Sport) – Russia’s weightlifting federation on Monday handed down two-year bans to four athletes, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement.
Andrey Rybakov, Amina Maskhadova, Igor Petrov and Kristina Silkina were already serving provisional suspensions; they were slapped with the bans for “violating anti-doping rules,” the statement said.
Petrov, who tested positive for a banned substance at the Russian Cup late last year, will serve his suspension retroactive to December 19, 2012. Rybakov is banned as of October 8, 2012.
Maskhadova and Silkina both tested positive at the Russian Weightlifting Championships in Kazan in May. Silkina, who finished fourth, and Maskhadova will serve their suspensions as of June 26, 2013.
It is unclear what substance or substances were found in their test samples.
Last week, the Russian Water Polo Federation banned Ekaterina Tankeeva, a member of the London 2012 Olympic team, for three months for breaking anti-doping rules. She failed a drug test in April and had served her suspension as of July 15.
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