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In 2014, the Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia, along the shore of the Black Sea. After the Olympics were over, it was revealed that a number of Russian athletes had been using some form of performance enhancing drugs or doping. Consequently, Russian athletes have been banned from competing in this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The Siberian Indoor Championships are taking place in a city in Irkutsk, Russia. However, when drug testers arrived at the event, over 30 Russian athletes suddenly withdrew from the competition, with many of them claiming to have some form of illness or other health condition that would prevent them from competing.

(NPR) – More than 30 Russian athletes participating in Siberian Indoor Championships last weekend abruptly withdrew from competition when drug testers arrived at the event.

According to the Russian sports website Championat, as many as 36 athletes cited various illnesses for withdrawing from the competition at the city of Irkutsk.

Last month, Russian athletes were banned from competing under their nation’s flag in the Winter Olympics that begin next month following allegations of a state-sponsored doping scheme involving athletes at the 2014 Games in Sochi.

In 2016, one Russian athlete tried to bribe a drug tester and another ran out of the stadium during her own race to avoid being tested, the World Anti-Doping Agency says…

Russian officials with their track and field federation have announced that they are going to investigate the sudden withdrawal of athletes from the Championat competition. Evidently, a number of Russian athletes have not learned their lesson after the entire nation was banned from the Olympics. They say that there are still problems within the system that needs further work.

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