Kirill Ikonnikov, a Russian hammer thrower, has been suspended for life from all sports-related activities for violating anti-doping regulations.
“We have registered two positive doping tests over six months,” Mutko told journalists. “One girl injected something into her nose, but her situation is likely to be resolved. Ikonnikov, meanwhile, has been banned for life,” reports Tass.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London Kirill Ikonnikov finished 5th. However, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) later requested to collect a doping sample from the Russian athlete. Kirill Ikonnikov was handed a two-year suspension starting from November 2, 2012, after his sample has been tested positive for Oral Turinabol. Based on the IAAF regulations, if an athlete has been caught twice for taking performance enhancing drugs, then he or she will receive a life suspension from all sports-related activities.
Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday:
“The team is systematically getting ready for the Olympic games. True, campaigns of slander do take place, but they don’t fan tensions. At the same time, this does not mean that we are ready to accept some groundless statements or charges before we hear any reasonable proof or confirmations of this slander. We will regard this as the absolute calumny. The Russian president had sent a clear message to the effect the use of any doping in sports is unacceptable for us. Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko stated that too. Russia is categorically against this, and it unconditionally condemns the use of doping where it has been proven.”