London Marathon wins judgment against Shobukhova

Shobukhova London Marathon

London Marathon Events Ltd has obtained judgment from the British High Court for the return of money paid to banned athlete Liliya Shobukhova (Russia).

The judgment requires Shobukhova to repay £377,961.62 plus costs to London Marathon Events Ltd, which is the prize and appearance money paid to Shobukhova for the 2010 and 2011 London Marathons.

Nick Bitel, Chief Executive of London Marathon Events Ltd, said:

“The next step is to get the judgment enforced in Russia. It will be a long and difficult process but we will pursue it as we are determined that cheats should not benefit.

“Any money we get back will be redistributed to the athletes that Shobukhova cheated out of their rightful dues.

“We are determined to make marathon running a safe haven from doping. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure cheats are caught and do not benefit from cheating.

“In addition to testing operated by the IAAF and national federations, the Abbott World Marathon Majors has set up one of the largest private testing pool of athletes in sport, with 150 competitors being tested out of competition a minimum of six times a year for their unique athlete biological passport.”

Shobukova is banned for life from taking part in the London Marathon and in any of the five other marathons that make up the Abbott World Marathon Majors.