Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva was banned today for two years and will be investigated under the Italian criminal anti-doping laws, after she was found positive to a drug test. The athlete was already thrown out from the Torino Olympics Thursday and had to renounce her silver medal.
At the this year's Winter Olympics she won the silver in the women's 15 km race but she was disqualified from further events for failing a drug test, when she tested positive for the stimulant carphedon.
The International Olympic Committee panel found her guilty, and she was expelled from the games and stripped of her medal. The head of the Russian Anti-Doping Committee said she took an over-the-counter medication for an ankle injury, which contained carphedon.
"It was not a difficult case," said Anders Besseberg, president of the IBU. "It's a positive doping case." The athlete flied back to Rusia today, the Russian biathlon team doctor Andrey Dmytriev declared.
"Like every foreigner who commits a crime in Italy, she can go back to her country because the criminal process against her hasn't begun yet," Pescante said.
"I am sorry that I shattered my reputation," Pyleva declared earlier today. "Now I am sure that international athletes will change their opinion about me."
The doctor which prescribed the medication for Pyleva was also banned for two years. Dr. Nina Vinogradova declared that she's intending to sue the pharmaceutical company which produces it.
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