7 Feb 2019 15:59

CAS disqualifies Russian race walker Kirdyapkina for 3 years over anti-doping rules breach - Russian Athletics Federation

MOSCOW. Feb 7 (Interfax) - The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled to disqualify Russian race walker Anisya Kirdyapkina for three years over violations of anti-doping rules, the press service for the Russian Athletics Federation told Interfax on Thursday.

"CAS has decided to disqualify Kirdyapkina for three years because of abnormal blood counts in her biological passport," the press service said.

The disqualification is counted as having begun in July 2017.

The court has annulled all of Kirdyapkina's results from February 2011 to October 2013, the press service said.

"The relevant documents have been sent to the athlete herself, the Russian Athletics Federation, and the Sports Ministry of Mordovia," it said.

Kirdyapkina has three weeks to appeal the ruling, the press service said.

Usually, an athlete is disqualified for two years for such a violation, the press service said.

"There is probably an aggravating circumstance. That's why she has been disqualified for three years," it said.

Kirdyapkina's professional athletic career has already ended.