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Olympic champion Anna Chicherova becomes latest Russian athlete to get ban

Chicherova was among a batch of Russians snared from fresh tests on samples taken from the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Olympic champion Anna Chicherova becomes latest Russian athlete to get ban

New Delhi: Russian athletics continue take a beating Olympic high jump champion Anna Chicherova becomes just the latest athlete to serve ban by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for a failed drug test.

The 33-year-old revealed the development on Friday, thus giving further prove of widespread doping in Russian athletics.

Chicherova was among a batch of Russians snared from fresh tests on samples taken from the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

"I was told about my suspension due to the situation that`s taken place," she told news agency R-Sport.

When her positive test was first revealed on May 25 she vowed to clear her name.

She is the reigning Olympic high jump champion after winning the gold medal in 2012 London Games. She won bronze in Beijing.

Russia`s entire track and field team has been banned by the IAAF following revelations of massive, state-sponsored cheating.

But the IAAF left a window slightly open, saying individuals who definitively prove they were not tainted by the Russian system could still compete at the Rio Olympics in August.

Russia`s Olympic Committee (ROC) says that 14 of its athletes in Beijing -- including Chicherova and nine other medallists -- tested positive in retroactive tests on samples given during those Games.

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