Russia bans four athletes….

The Russian Olympic Committee has banned four athletes for doping, including a former European silver medalist. Irina Maracheva, silver medal winner in the 800m at the 2012 European championships, received a two-year ban, as did race-walker Anna Lukyanova, for doping violations based on documents handed over by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). There were also four-year bans for runners Maria Nikolaeva and Yelena Nikulina.. Russia is struggling to overturn a suspension on its track and field team that could see it miss the Rio Olympics.

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