MOSCOW, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Alena Sidko, one of Russia’s top cross-country skiers, has received a two-year ban for doping, the country’s skiing federation (FLGR) said on Wednesday.
“She waived the right to test the B sample, so we had no choice but to ban her for two years,” said FLGR president Vladimir Loginov in reference to Sidko, who tested positive for the blood-booster EPO at a home ski race last month.
Loginov told reporters the 30-year-old had already been kicked out of the Russian Olympic team.
She had been considered a contender for medals in the sprint events next month in Vancouver after winning several World Cup races and finishing third at the 2006 Turin Olympics and at the world championships the previous year.
Last month, three other leading Russian skiers, triple Olympic champion Julija Tchepalova, 2006 Olympic gold medallist in the men’s 30-km pursuit Yevgeny Dementiev and national champion Nina Rysina, were also banned for two years after positive tests for EPO. (Reporting by Gennady Fyodorov; Editing by Sonia Oxley) To query or comment on this story email firstname.lastname@example.org)