April 28, 2015

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport says a hearing scheduled Wednesday in the doping case of three-time Chicago Marathon winner Liliya Shobukhova has been cancelled.

The court could not confirm why an appeal filed by the IAAF to double Shobukhova's ban to four years would not take place.

However, reports in Russia suggest the IAAF, Russian athletics federation and the athlete reached an out-of-court settlement.

If the hearing took place, the court panel's published verdict could have addressed a German TV documentary's allegations made last December.

Broadcaster ARD alleged Shobukhova paid Russian officials to cover up her doping before she was banned for two years for suspicious blood values in her biological passport.

The broadcaster linked a subsequent refund to Shobukhova to business associates of IAAF President Lamine Diack's son.

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