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Russia loses 2 more Olympic silver medals because of doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Russia has lost two more Olympic medals from Sochi because of doping, and luge has now been touched by the scandal for the first time.

Albert Demchenko, a luger who won two silver medals at the Sochi Games, was among 11 athletes disqualified by the International Olympic Committee on Friday (Saturday Manila time) and banned from the games for life.

In this file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. AP
Demchenko won silver in men’s luge and as part of the team relay. Also banned was Tatiana Ivanova, who was also part of the team relay.

They were among the last 11 rulings on the 46 current doping cases reviewed by the IOC. Lugers from Italy, Germany, Latvia and Canada are set to be upgraded in the medals.

The International Luge Federation had no immediate comment about the IOC decisions. FIL President Josef Fendt said in recent weeks that he believes the Russians sliding now are clean — a comment that was appreciated by Demchenko, who is now a coach within the Russian federation.

Associated Press
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