Reuters - Mon, 05 Apr 11:08:00 2010
Twice Russian cross-country skiing champion Liliya Stepanova, who received a two-year doping ban for manipulating a drug test last week, had used a cocktail of drugs, the country's skiing chief has said.
Vladimir Loginov said Stepanova had tested positive for the muscle-building anabolic steroid Nandrolone and the blood-booster EPO at last month's national championships in the northern city of Syktyvkar, where she had won two races.
"Despite the fact that she was already disqualified and banned for trying to evade the drugs test, we still managed to do a proper test for her and discovered among other substances Nandrolone and EPO," Loginov told All Sport.
Last week, officials sanctioned the 25-year-old after becoming suspicious that she had tried to manipulate the test by asking another skier to submit urine samples on her behalf.
"Her coach also tried to play his part in the cover-up but we were able to discover the true facts," Russia chief coach Yuri Charkovsky said at the time.
Several leading Russian cross-country skiers, including triple Olympic champion Julija Tchepalova and 2006 Olympic gold medallist Yevgeny Dementiev, have tested positive for the blood-booster EPO in recent months.
Seven other top Russian female athletes, including twice world 1,500 metres champion Tatyana Tomashova and world indoor 1,500 metres champion Yelena Soboleva, were handed two-year doping bans for manipulating their drug samples in 2008.