Russian 'identity fraud' athlete banned 12-year drugs

PARIS: A Russian Athlete Infamously Using A Friend's Identity To Bypass The Country-sponsored Doping Suspension Of Her Country, Got A 12-Year Ban On Wednesday Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) Announced.

Kseniya Savina, 29, Underwent And Out-of-competition Control In Ifrane, Morocco, On May 15, 2018 With Banned Blood Booster EPO Detected In The Sample.

She Gave The Positive Test The Debt Of Her Housekeeper Flushing Her Back Pain Medication With Her Husband's Pills And Coach Aleksei Savin Was Taking For Chronic Renal Failure. She Claimed It Had Happened" While Laying The Table For Lunch" .

An Investigation By The AIU With The Help Of The Russian Anti-Doping Agency RUSADA Discovered That Savin Had Never Prescribed This Medication.

Records Supplied By Savina From A Clinic In The Home Town Of Simferopol Were Proved To Be Forged.

The Husband Was Given A Four-year Ban For His Part In The Deception.

Savina, Who Has Retired From Competition, Is Also Under Investigation For An Extraordinary Case Or False Identity.

The Tale Ground In 2014 When Russia Annexed Crimea, Then Part Of Ukraine, And Home To Savina, Then A Promising Track Athlete.

Savina Took On Russian Nationality Following Crimea's Annexation And Ground To Compete For The Adopted Country.

When Russia Was Banned From International Competition Following Revelations Of Massive State-backed Doping, Savina's Career Appeared To Be Finished, Until She Took Matters Into Her Own Hands.

Under An Assumed Identity And Another Nationality Savina Competed Abroad Frequently Over The Ensuing Three Years.

She Borrowed The Name And Nationality Of A Childhood Friend Galina Syshko , A One-time 800-meter Runner Who Also Happened To Look Like Her, Though Two Years Younger.

Russian And Ukrainian Athletics Federation Officials Are Investigating The Case.