The Disciplinary Committee of the IOC suspended this Tuesday for violation of the anti-doping rules six Russian players of the ice hockey team who participated in the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi 2014 and closed without punishment the file opened to another athlete. As confirmed by the IOC. Those sanctioned are Inna Dyubanok, Ekaterina Lebedeva, Ekaterina Pashkevich, Anna Shibanova, Ekaterina Smolentseva and Galina Skiba for violating Article 2 of the anti-doping regulations of Sochi.
With its sanction, the entire Russian women’s ice hockey team has disqualified from Sochi, the six players have excluded from further Olympic competitions and the International Hockey Federation has to modify the results. The IOC reported that following the investigations initiated because of the McLaren report data, the number of cases examined by the so-called Oswald Commission has reached 46. To date, it has held hearings with 33 athletes and has filed two cases. As there are still ongoing investigations, mainly forensic analysis of the samples. It cannot be excluded that there are elements that justify the opening of new cases,” said the IOC. Which explained that the disciplinary committee chaired by the Swiss Denis Oswald plans to hold in the next few days more audiences with athletes who may be involved.
These sanctions are the first to be made public after a week ago the IOC suspended the Russian Olympic Committee for its involvement in doping cases. The Winter Games that will host Pyeong Chang (South Korea) in February, for which the Russian hockey teams are classified, will only admit Russian athletes competing under the Olympic flag and after demonstrating their cleanliness in anti-doping controls. The Russian Olympic Assembly and the Kremlin have ruled out a veto for the Games. It has given the green light to the participation of their athletes under a neutral flag.