Virgin Money London Marathon response to Liliya Shobukhova doping ban

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Liliya Shobukhova has tested positive and her events will be taken off the record books back to 2009. Here is the statement from the VMLM on the positive doping test of Shobukhova. 



The Virgin Money London Marathon was disappointed to hear the news that Liliya Shobukhova has been handed a two year doping ban by the Russian Athletics Federation (VFLA).

It notes that the VFLA has annulled Shobukhova's results from 9th October 2009, which includes her results in the London Marathons 2010 - 2011. If this decision is confirmed after any appeal, then it would mean that results from the years she ran in the London Marathon 2010 (1st) and 2011 (2nd) would be annulled.

Hugh Brasher, Race Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon said, "London Marathon is at the forefront of the fight against doping in our sport, and we are very proud to have been the first major marathon to introduce blood testing for all of our elite competitors, prior to each event. This mandatory blood testing commenced at the London Marathon in 2002, and has continued with all our elite competitors throughout. As one of the world's leading marathons, we continue to work very closely with UK Anti-Doping, the IAAF and WADA with the aim of eradicating drug taking in our sport."

As part of London Marathon elite athlete contracts, any athlete found guilty of a doping offence will be required to repay any prize or appearance money.

The athlete has a right to appeal the Federation decision. London Marathon is unable to comment further until that has either expired, or any appeal has been determined.

Virgin Money London Marathon Press Office:
Nicola Okey: 0207 902 0182; 07799 661345; [email protected]
About The London Marathon
The London Marathon was first run in 1981, co-founded by the late Chris Brasher, and current London Marathon Director John Disley, establishing charitable status and with six aims;
  1. To improve the overall standard and status of British marathon running by providing a fast course and strong international competition.
  2. To show mankind that, on occasions, the Family of Man can be united.
  3. To raise money for the provision of recreational facilities in London*.
  4. To help London tourism.
  5. To prove that when it comes to organising major events, "Britain is best".
  6. To have fun and provide happiness and sense of achievement in a troubled world.

    *The London Marathon Charitable Trust - Over £50 million has now been awarded in grants to recreational and leisure causes, with more than 1,000 projects awarded grants. Amount allocated in 2013 - more than £3.6 million. Seven playing fields have been saved by The London Marathon Charitable Trust.

    Over 924,650 finishers have raised, it is estimated, more than £663 million in sponsorship for numerous charities over the years. A record breaking £46.5 million was raised for good causes in the 2007 event, making the London Marathon a Guinness world record holder as the largest single annual fund raising event in the world. Amount raised for charities in 2012,  £52.8 million and in 2013, £53 million. 2014 fundraising figures will be available September 2014. 35,873 (subject to ratification) runners finished the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 13th April 2014.
The 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday 26th April 2015, for more information please visit

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