Russia bans four of its athletes over doping offences
Country aims to lift its suspension ahead of Rio 201615:06 Monday 25 January 2016, 15:06 25 Jan 2016
Russia has banned four athletes for doping offences as it tries to have its suspension on competing lifted before this summer's Olympics.
Former European 800-metres silver medallist Irina Maracheva is among those punished with a two-year ban.
Runners Maria Nikolaeva and Yelena Nikulina have been suspended for four years, while racewalker Anna Lukyanova must serve a two year ban.
World governing body the IAAF suspended the country from track and field after an independent report found evidence of widespread doping.
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