July 4, 2012 -
Doping has ended the Olympic dreams of three Russian female runners: Evgeniya Zinurova, Nailya Yulamanova and Svetlana Klyuka.
The trio has received two-year bans less than a month before the Summer Games in London.
A statement from the International Association of Athletics Federations’ anti-doping body stated that the athletes were punished for “abnormal readouts on their biological passports”.
An athlete’s biological passport is an electronic record that collates results of doping tests. The biological passport can identify doping violations by identifying biometric sample variances, rather than testing for and identifying specific illegal substances.
According to the IAAF, urine sample tampering invalided the three Russian athlete’s respective biological passports. As a result, the trio will not only be disqualified from Olympic competition, but will also lose previous medals dating back to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.