Pishchalnikova faces lifetime ban after second doping offence

Russia’s Olympic discus silver medallist Darya Pishchalnikova commits second doping offence, testing positive for an anabolic steroid

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Olympic discus silver medallist Darya Pishchalnikova could be handed a lifetime ban from athletics after testing positive for an anabolic steroid.

It is her second doping offence, having previously served a ban from 2008 to 2011 after being found to tamper with a doping control test.

The Russian burst on to the scene in 2006, winning the European title at the age of 21. One year later she took silver at the World Championships, but was later stripped of that medal in 2008 when it was revealed she was one of several Russian athletes who manipulated drug test samples.

After serving a ban, she returned better than ever and this year set a lifetime best of 70.69m – the farthest throw in the world since 1992 – before going on to finish second at the Olympics behind Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic.

But Nikita Kamayev, the executive director of Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA), said the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was conducting an investigation after one of Pishchalnikova’s samples tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

“WADA had asked RUSADA to take a sample from Pishchalnikova,” Kamayev told local media. “The test had found the presence of a heavy substance (anabolic steroid).

“The test came out positive – it’s a fact and now we must wait for the official statement.”

Pishchalnikova could now face a ban ranging from eight years to a lifetime suspension. If the positive sample she provided came before the Olympics, she could also be stripped of her silver medal.

This follows the news earlier in the week that Russian distance runner and former European 10,000m champion Inga Abitova was found to have an “abnormal haemoglobin profile” in her biological passport.

2 Responses to “Pishchalnikova faces lifetime ban after second doping offence”

  1. Ray says:

    once they fail a test they should be limited to Diamond League meetings and below so they can earn a living and therefore no restriction of trade but no major champs, that should be a failed test free zone

  2. JAGS says:

    @ 'RAY' – I'm not so sure that I agree with you there. Money is normally the biggest incentive for dope cheating and winning majors only serve as the most common means to that cynical end as, clearly, these characters lack a champion's pride in measuring their worth fairly against the world's best. If this result is confirmed then there must be no way that she be allowed to return to ANY competition…especially those where money's concerned"! It's clearly a cavalier attitude that would so easily reconsider cheating again given the high profile circumstances surrounding her previous offence. It's obviously not yet confirmed but – along with Inga Abitova's recent banning – at this rate there'll be no Russian team left to compete at their world champs next year!

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