In April 2024, it was reported by Athletics Illustrated that Russian Ekaterina Poistogova-Guliyev is likely to be stripped of her London silver medal for a positive doping test result.

According to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), Poistogova-Guliyev will now appeal the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“This follows the decision by CAS, at first instance, to uphold the AIU’s charges against Guliyev and impose an effective ban of 2 years, from March 28, 2024, for Use of a Prohibited Substance/Method (McLaren and LIMS evidence). DQ results from July 17, 2012, until October 20, 2014,” read a social media post by the AIU.

The McLaren and Lims reference is in regard to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s team which included Richard McLaren and their efforts to extract data from the Moscow Laboratory that stored all testing data from within Russia. Several unsuccessful attempts to gain access were thwarted each time by the reluctant Russian Anti-Doping Agency. Eventually, the team did gain access and found some of the data had been manipulated.

The process of the appeal means that no decision can be made about her 2012 London Olympic silver medal until the CAS makes their decision.

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