Race walker Bakulin handed 8-year ban over doping
Sergey Bakulin of Russia competes in the men 50km Walkrace in downtown Daegu during the 13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, Republic of Ko?rea, September 3, 2011. EPA-EFE FILE/Emilio Naranjo
Moscow, Aug 21 (efe-epa).- Russian race walker Sergey Bakulin has been handed an eight-year ban by the International Association of Athletics Federations for violating anti-doping rules.
The 32-year-old athlete will also be stripped of the results he has achieved since May 20, 2018.
“The IAAF Disciplinary Tribunal imposes a period of Ineligibility of eight (8) years upon the Athlete for this, his second anti-doping rule violation, commencing on the date of the Tribunal's Award,” the statement published by the Athletics Integrity Unit read.
“The Tribunal awards the IAAF a contribution towards its legal costs of USD100 only given that its decision has effectively deprived the Athlete of his ability to earn money by race walking,” the statement added.
According to the Athletics Integrity Unit, Bakulin has been serving the punishment retroactively as of April 3.
This is not the Russian’s first ban as he was disqualified in January 2015 for three years and two months by the Russian anti-doping agency, RUSADA, after which the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) stripped him of the 50 km gold medal he won in 2011.
In March, a new scandal hit the Russian sports world when CAS suspended 12 athletes for consuming prohibited anabolic steroids.
The IAAF executive board upheld in June a ban it had imposed on the Russian Athletics Federation since November 2015 over an alleged state-doping program.
The RAF believes the IAAF will lift the suspension so that Russian athletes can compete without restrictions at the 2019 World Athletics Championships to be hosted by Qatar in September. EFE-EPA