Russia: Russian Skiing Federation «outraged» as four skiers get life bans for doping

President of the Russian Cross-Country Skiing Federation Elena Valbe described the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to ban four Russian skiers from all future Olympic Games as an ''outrage,» speaking from Moscow on Friday. Valbe stated that «everyone feels devastated» following the IOC' ruling. She added, «I want to make it perfectly clear that none of our athletes ever was... Еще involved in any manipulations, never submitted to any tests neither a year nor a month before the [Sochi] Olympics, and didn't participate in any counterfeit or anything of the kind.» Earlier on Thursday, it was announced that the Sochi 2014 Olympics results of Alexey Petukhov, Maxim Vylegzhanin, along with two female teammates, Evgenia Shapovalova and Julia Ivanova had been annulled over doping violations. The IOC's decision stripped Russia of two more Olympic awards: the silver medal in the men's team sprint achieved by Vylegzhanin, and gold in the men's 50km marathon. Last week, cross-country skiers Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov received lifetime bans from the Olympic Games after being found guilty of doping. The Russian cross-country skiing federation will appeal the IOC's decisions at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. «Will fight until the last drop of our blood,» asserted Valbe.

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