A Russian bobsledder who won the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Games was given a 4-year suspension for doping.
Dmitry Trunenkov, winner in the 4-man bobsled at the Sochi Games, tested positive last year and was suspended by the Russian Bobsled Federation, announced the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.
This suspension will not affect his Olympic gold medal.
Trunenkov acknowledged that his sample contained a banned anabolic steroid, but he denied doping and added that he would consult lawyers about a possible appeal. He also suggested that the test was rigged to discredit Russian sports.
“This substance was used by athletes in the 1980s and you would be a complete moron to use it now,” he declared in a statement on the Army Sports Club website. “In my opinion, it’s yet another affront to the entirety of Russian sports.”
Though Stanozolol is well-known as the substance that cost Ben Johnsons his Olympic gold medal in the 1988 100m dash, it has been implicated in doping cases around the world in various sports including weight-lifting, baseball and soccer in the League of Champions. Samples from 13 athletes in the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, mostly from former Soviet countries, were found positive for Stanozolol after being retested.
Trunenkov’s suspension is retroactive to April 2016, four months before he retired from competition to concentrate on his role as director of a patriotic group of young people established by the Russian Armed Forces.
Trunenkov’s investigation was separate from ongoing allegations of widespread doping with state complicity at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, involving 12 medalists.
RUSADA also announced a four-year suspension for the walker Alexander Yargunkin, who tested positive shortly before representing Russia at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics. Additionally, rower Yulia Solomentseva, who won silver at the 2014 Junior World Championships, received a year-long suspension one year after being found guilty of unavailability for an anti-doping test.