IAAF's Athletics Integrity Unit charges Russia's Ksenia Savina and husband for doping, using false identity to compete

The IAAF's Athletics Integrity Unit says runner Ksenia Savina and her husband have been charged in a doping case that includes allegations of 'complicity' and tampering with a sample.

The Associated Press April 04, 2019 19:27:45 IST
IAAF's Athletics Integrity Unit charges Russia's Ksenia Savina and husband for doping, using false identity to compete
  • The AIU says it notified Savina of four charges, including using the banned blood-booster EPO

  • Savina and Alexei Savin, who is also her coach, have both been charged with complicity and tampering.

Monaco: The IAAF's Athletics Integrity Unit says runner Ksenia Savina and her husband have been charged in a doping case that includes allegations of "complicity" and tampering with a sample.

IAAFs Athletics Integrity Unit charges Russias Ksenia Savina and husband for doping using false identity to compete

Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) building in Moscow. Reuters

Russian state channel Match TV previously said Savina used the Ukrainian passport of a childhood friend from Crimea to compete internationally because the IAAF suspended Russia in 2015 for running a state-backed doping program.

The AIU says it notified Savina of four charges, including using the banned blood-booster EPO. She and Alexei Savin, who is also her coach, have both been charged with complicity and tampering.

The 29-year-old runner, who has competed from 400 to 1,500 metres, was provisionally suspended last June.

Savina has a career-best time under two minutes for the 800m but has not qualified for major championships.

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