More Russian doping cases from the 2014 Sochi Games are on the way, the International Olympic Committee said Friday as it prohibited three more athletes in the nation.
The IOC said its commission is dealing with 36 cases associated with doping by Russia in the Sochi Olympics, eight more than previously acknowledged.
Of that total, 25 athletes have been prohibited — such as the three in Friday’s rulings — and one has been cleared, figure skater Adelina Sotnikova.
“As some investigations are still continuing (especially the forensic analysis of these bottles), it can’t be excluded that there may be new components that would justify opening farther new situations,” the IOC said in a statement.
The three prohibited Friday include Olga Zaitseva, who won silver in the women’s biathlon relay in 2014. That trophy, however, has been stripped since teammate Olga Vilukhina was prohibited on Monday.
Zaitseva is still one of the most successful Russian biathletes in Olympic history, with two gold medals and a silver medal from past games. She’ll continue to keep those chords since the ruling only applies to the 2014 Games, not the 2006 and 2010 Olympics.
Cross-country skiers Anastasia Dotsenko and Yulia Chekaleva were banned Friday. Neither won a trophy.
The IOC began its investigations last year following World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren detailed a huge Russian program of doping and coverups, including tampering with samples in the Sochi laboratory.
Also Friday, the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said it had raised provisional suspensions from nine Russians prohibited by the IOC. The move, which renders the Russians free to compete in non-Olympic events such as the World Cup, was taken because the IOC has not yet supplied the IBSF will complete details of its investigations.
That mirrors the position taken by the International Ski Federation, which didn’t immediately suspend six Russians following their IOC bans, but then suspended them on Thursday after getting more details.
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