The London Marathon’s zero tolerance policy towards doping is unaltered. Shobukhova is still 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.
The London Marathon has already announced that it will commence legal proceedings against athletes who have failed tests if they do not repay money that they have received from the event and has already taken steps to do so in the case of Shobukhova.
“We are determined to make marathon running a safe haven from doping,” said Nick Bitel, Chief Executive of the London Marathon. “This means that cheats should not be permitted to keep their ill-gotten gains under any circumstances.”