Rodionenko: Simakova said she did not know how doping got into her body

21 July – Russian gymnast Angelina Simakova says she does not know how the banned substance got into her body, said the head coach of the Russian national team Valentina Rodionenko.

The Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) has decided to ban gymnast Angelina Simakova for two years for an anti-doping rule violation, according to the RUSADA website.

“They found a prohibited drug on her. She herself says that she doesn’t know anything. I want to say that this is not the level of a gymnast today to specifically use some kind of drugs for the result. We found out, asked questions,” Rodionenko said.

Simakova was suspended for violations of paragraph 4.1 (presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in a sample taken from an athlete) and paragraph 4.2 (use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method) of the All-Russian Anti-Doping Rules. Furosemide (S5) was found in the athlete’s doping sample. The period of suspension begins on June 2, 2022, offset by the served period of the provisional suspension.

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