Russian runner Tatyana Firova said he did not want to return the Olympic medals she was stripped for use of illegal drugs. Her words leads Reuters.
"I don't want to return my medals, because no one deserved them more than me" — said Firova, noting that decided to appeal the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about the need to return awards. The athlete said that is not gonna get medals even if you lose the case.
In may 2016 Firova turned out to be among the athletes whose doping tests at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing have yielded positive result after rechecking. Her body had traces of the anabolic steroid turinabol.
At the Games in China yesterday won a silver medal in relay race 4 on 400 metres. The same result in the same discipline she achieved at the Olympics-2004 in Athens and the 2012 Olympic games in London. The athlete must return the awards she won at the competition in China and the UK. In the same month Firova has decided to retire.
At the moment the all-Russian athletics Federation (vfla) indefinitely suspended for violating anti-doping rules. Because of this, the athletes from Russia can take part in international competitions only by individual permission of the International Association of athletics federations, but only under a neutral flag.