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UCI appeals decision to clear Russian Olympic medallist of doping

UCI appeals decision to clear Russian Olympic medallist of doping

Olga Zabelinskaya won bronze medals in road race and time trial at London 2012 The UCI says it will appeal the decision of Russia’s anti-doping agency to clear Olga Zabelinskaya, the cyclist who won two medals at the 2012 Olympic Games, of doping charges.

Last year Zabelinskaya, who won bronze medals in both the time trial and the road race in London – the latter behind Marianne Vos of the Netherlands and Team GB’s Lizzie Armitstead – failed an anti-doping control for the banned weight-loss stimulant octopamine.

The anti-doping tribunal of Russia’s national cycling federation, the FSVR, has cleared her of any wrongdoing, meaning she will be able to compete at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, reports Inside The Games (link is external) .

The cyclist had claimed that she had either ingested the substance innocently, or that the elevated levels of it that she tested positive for had been produced naturally by her body.

It is banned in-competition, but permitted in tests taken out-of-competition, and occurs naturally in a number of foods.

The UCI has confirmed that it plans to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.In a statement provided to the Inside The Games, world […]

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