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Denis NizhegorodovRussia is again involved in a doping scandal that seems will not calm down; 14 athletes failed the first test carried out on the samples of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 and 11 of them are from Track&Field.

After Anna Chicherova, Olympic high jump champion in London 2012, TAS announced the names of the athletes that made use of illicit substances. At present, they have not been confirmed, it is necessary to make a re-test on the sample B; if this one results positive as well, the proper measures will be taken.

The athletes resulted positive are: Yulia Chermoshanskaya, golden medal in the 4×100, Maria Abakumova, silver medal in the javelin, Anastasia Kapachinskaya and Tatiana Firova, silver in the 4×400, Denis Nizhegorodov, bronze in the 50km race walking, Inga Abitova, sixth in the 1000m, Denis Alexeyev, bronze n the 4×400, Yekaterina Volkova, bronze in the 3000st, Alexander Pogorelov, decathlon, Ivan Yushakov, 10th in the shot-put, and Anna Chicherova, bronze in the high jump.

The sample B will be tested in June in an Australian laboratory, we need to have patience a little bit before to know if these athletes had actually used forbidden substances; in this case, many medals will be re-assigned and the probability to see the Russian athletes at the next Olympic Games could be lower and lower.

Photo Michael Steele/Getty Images

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