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IAAF statement on the reduction of sanction for Liliya Shobukhova

The IAAF acknowledges the announcement today by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regarding their decision to grant a reduction in sanction to the Russian Athlete, Lilya Shobukhova, for the provision of substantial assistance.

Ms Shobukhova was charged by the IAAF for an anti-doping rule violation on the basis of abnormalities in her blood profile compiled in the course of the IAAF Athlete Biological Passport programme. This charge resulted in her receiving a sanction of 3 years and 2 months for a first violation.  

Under both the World Anti-Doping Code and IAAF Rules, athletes are eligible for a reduction in their sanction if they are able to provide information that will assist in discovering or bringing forward an anti-doping rule violation by another person. WADA have granted Ms Shobukhova a reduction of seven months, and her sanction finished on 23 August 2015.  

Like WADA, the IAAF is unable to comment on any details of the case.  

The assistance that can be provided by athletes and support personnel in uncovering anti-doping rule violations is vital for the IAAF. The IAAF encourages all athletes and other persons who have information that may assist in protecting clean athletes to provide this information to the IAAF or WADA.