The Russian runner will be allowed to keep her 2005 world 800m medal following the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling

A two-year doping ban handed to Tatyana Andrianova has been overturned and the Russian runner will be allowed to keep her world 800m bronze medal claimed in Helsinki in 2005 following a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling.

Last year the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced that Andrianova had tested positive for the banned substance Stanozolol after a retest of her sample taken at the World Championships in Helsinki. The All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) handed the athlete a two-year suspension from September 22, 2015, to September 21, 2017, with her results from August 9, 2005, to August 8, 2007, disqualified.

However, Andrianova appealed against the ban and on Thursday (April 14) the CAS announced that the appeal had been upheld and the ban annulled.

The ruling was made because the sample was only eligible under the previous eight-year statute of limitations on retesting, which was extended to 10 years at the start of 2015 by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“The Sole Arbitrator found that the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) in force between 9 August 2005 and 31 December 2014 required the ARAF to bring any anti-doping rule violation charges against the Athlete within 8 years from the date of the sample collection (i.e. 9 August 2005),” read a CAS statement in part.

“However, the Sole Arbitrator found that ARAF erroneously opened disciplinary proceedings against the Athlete in August 2015 – more than 8 years after her sample collection – and that for this reason the appeal had to be upheld and the ARAF ADC decision annulled.

“As the 8-year statute of limitations had expired prior to 1 January 2015, the 10-year statute of limitations provided under the new 2015 ADR cannot apply.”

In a statement, the IAAF said: “In 2015 the IAAF undertook a second retesting of doping samples from the 2005 World Championships on the understanding they fell within the 10 year statute of limitations under the current World Anti-Doping Code (as we stated in our press release of 11 August 2015).

“While disappointed in this ruling, the IAAF acknowledges the judgement of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and will continue our fight against drugs in our sport. The IAAF awaits the full arbitral award.”

Earlier this month, Russian media reported that Olympic hammer throw champion Tatyana Beloborodova (née Lysenko) had returned a positive test retrospectively from the 2005 World Championships. The IAAF confirmed that the thrower had been provisionally suspended but if this is linked to the 2005 sample retest then Beloborodova’s sanction might also not be upheld.

The full CAS statement can be found here.