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>> She won silver at the Beijing and London games but the International Olympic Committee wants her medals back. Something Russian sprinter Tatyana Firova refuses. The IOC retested samples taken during the 2008 and 2012 games and found athletes were using banned substances, including Anabolic Steroids. Over the past year it's been trying to recall medals from doping athletes and associated team members from relay events.
But as Reuters Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber in Moscow explains those calls are often left unanswered.>> In February, Russia's Athletics Federation said, 23 medals needed to be handed back to the IOC. This month it said that only three Medals had been given back to the federation, and one Olympic Diploma.
So several Medals were still missing.>> Six Russian Athletics have told Reuters they are not planning to return their Medals. And it's not clear what the IOC can do about it.>> Athletes take that in the Tatyana Firova cannot compete internationally or domestically at this point because she has not handed back her Olympic medal.
One of the problems that explains athletes resistance to handing back the medals is the fact that they are no longer competing, they are retired and no longer have ties with the federation. And this means they can not face any sanctions, they can not be kicked off the national team because they're no longer on it.
>> An institutional conspiracy existed across summer and winter sports.>> Russia's athletics federation is already suspended from international events over a 2015 report that alleged state-sponsored and systematic doping in Russian athletics. Russia does not recognize the findings of that report. The International Association of Athletics Federations has cleared some Russian athletes to compete internationally as neutrals not as representatives of their homeland.
So whilst some athletes choose to hold on to medals they've been told to return, it looks unlikely the country will get it's hands on any new ones soon.