Russian Igor Polyanskiy tests positive for doping

Igor Polyanskiy tested positive for EPO. (Picture: World Triathlon)

A few days before the Tokyo Olympics, Russian triathlete Igor Polyanskiy tested positive for doping. This happened during a so-called out-of-competition control on July 21, of which World Triathlon received the results from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on August 5.

Polyanskiy tested positive for EPO, but still has the right to a B-sample and to challenge the result. The Russian competed in the Tokyo Olympic Games and finished 43rd in the individual race. In the Mixed Team Relay he and Russia finished fourteenth.

The news is not very surprising; just before the Olympics the Ukrainian Yuliya Yelistratova was already caught using performance-enhancing drugs. She was immediately suspended. Many athletes indicated at the time that they would not be surprised if the Polyanskiy brothers also tested positive, since they train and hang out with Yelistratova a lot. Dmitry Polyanskiy, the brother of Igor and 32nd in Tokyo, was not caught doping.