November 9, 2017 / 5:04 PM / 2 years ago

IOC bans four Russian cross-country skiers over doping

Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin skis during the men's cross-country team sprint classic final at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

ZURICH (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee banned four Russian cross-country skiers from future Games after finding on Thursday that they violated anti-doping rules at the 2014 Sochi Games.

“As a result, the four Russian cross country skiers Yuliia Ivanova, Alexey Petukhov, Evgeniya Shapovalova and Sochi 2014 three-time silver medalist Maksim Vylegzhanin have been sanctioned,” the IOC said in a statement, stripping Vylegzhanin of his medals. An unnamed fifth athlete escaped punishment.

Russia’s cross-country federation had announced the bans earlier.

Reporting by John Miller and Michael Shields

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