Olympic winners, Russians Natalya Antyukh and Andrey Silnov, have been disqualified for four years for anti-doping rule violations. This decision was made by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Disqualification of athletes is counted from April 7 of the current year. All results shown by Antyukh and Silnov from June 30, 2013 and July 8, 2013, respectively, will be canceled.
Andrey Silnov did not agree with the court’s decision and intends to challenge the four-year suspension for violation of anti-doping rules. He told TASS that he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Recall that the athletes were found guilty of violating anti-doping rules on the basis of an investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission led by Richard McLaren.
It should be noted that Russian athletes retained their Olympic gold medals. Natalya Antyukh is the absolute winner in the 400m hurdles at the 2012 Olympics. Andrey Silnov is the 2008 Olympic champion in high jump. He also has the gold of the 2006 European Championship.