Biathlete Ustyugov is deprived of Olympic medals won in Sochi and Vancouver
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Biathlete Ustyugov is deprived of Olympic medals won in Sochi and Vancouver

27 October , 17:15SportPhoto: sports.ru
Representatives of the Anti-Doping Panel of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS ADD) found Ustyugov in violation of the rules. They canceled the results of the sports achievements of the biathlete from January 24, 2010 to the end of the 2013/2014 season.

Thus, he loses the right to the gold medals received in the mass start at the Games in Vancouver.

"The decision of the CAS ADD is not final and can be appealed to the CAS within 21 days", - Kommersant quotes the statement of the athlete's lawyer Alexei Panich.

According to the defender, the panel's decision "looks simply ridiculous." He believes that the decision was made "without any legal analysis and justification".

Ustyugov was blamed for an increased hemoglobin level. The defender insists that this condition is a consequence of Ustyugov's genetic mutations. An increased level of hemoglobin was observed in him both during participation in competitions and after the end of his sports career.

Ustyugov stopped performing in April 2014. Almost six years later, the International Biathlon Union accused the athlete of using a prohibited drug - the anabolic steroid oxandrolone. Now he was also suspected of using a doping drug erythropoietin, which increases endurance and the ability to withstand longer and more intense sports loads by increasing the number of red blood cells in the blood.

For the use of doping, Ustyugov was deprived of the gold medal of the Sochi Olympics. Because of this, Russia lost gold in the men's relay in Sochi. At the same time, the national team lost the first place in the medal standings at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In total, as a result of the investigation of the Olympic doping scandal, Russia was deprived of 4 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze medals, and as a result dropped to 3rd place in the overall standings. The most scandalous sports were bobsleigh, biathlon and cross-country skiing. It was with them that the largest number of disqualifications was associated.

Some of the participants, in addition to Olympic medals, received state orders and medals "For Merit to the Fatherland" from the hands of Russian President Vladimir Putin, were subsequently barred from participating in the competition for life.

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