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Jul 18, 2012 8:52 AM by AP

CAS confirms 2-year bans on 6 Indian athletes

NEW DELHI (AP) - Six Indian female runners will serve two-year bans after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal by the International Association of Athletics Federations against lighter sentences, according to the athletes' counsel.

"All six athletes have been banned for two years each starting from the dates of their provisional suspension in June-July last year," attorney R.K. Anand told The Associated Press on the phone from Switzerland on Wednesday.

The athletes had been handed lighter one-year bans by India's National Anti-Doping Agency, which felt the athletes had taken performance-enhancing drugs unknowingly, prompting the IAAF appeal.

The athletes include three members of the 4x400 relay team that won the gold medal in the New Delhi Commonwealth Games and Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010.

Their coach, Yuri Ogorodnik of Ukraine, was fired last year after being accused of providing the athletes with food supplements not sanctioned by the Sports Authority of India.

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