IAAF announces that the Ukrainian world and European indoor medallist has committed a second anti-doping rule violation

Ukrainian 800m runner Nataliia Lupu has been handed an eight-year ban after a second anti-doping rule violation, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced.

Her period of ineligibility, from December 27, 2016, to December 26, 2024, is included on the latest list of ‘positive cases in athletics’ released by the sport’s world governing body on Wednesday.

The IAAF said the 2013 European indoor 800m champion had been sanctioned following out of competition testing in Brovary on July 29 last year.

As a result, her performances from that date in July through to the start of her period of ineligibility have been annulled, including her performance at the Olympic Games in Rio, where she was knocked out in the semi-finals.

As well as her European Indoor Championships win in 2013, Lupu also claimed world indoor 800m silver in 2012.

She was handed a nine-month doping ban in 2014 after testing positive for banned stimulant methylhexaneamine at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, where she had finished fifth.

Also named on the latest list of sanctions is Jon Drummond, the Sydney 2000 Olympic sprint relay gold medallist and former coach of Tyson Gay.

Drummond’s eight-year ban was announced by the US Anti-Doping Agency in 2014, but on Wednesday it was confirmed by the IAAF.

One of the most flamboyant personalities in recent athletics history, the 9.92 100m man was sometimes known to race with a comb in his hair and is remembered by many for conducting a lengthy sit-down protest on the track after being disqualified for a false start at the 2003 IAAF World Championships in Paris.