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FIG Reduces Deryugina Sanction
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The FIG Appeals Tribunal reduced the sanction of Ukrainian rhythmic coach Irina Deryugina from eight to four years, the FIG announced Thursday.

The FIG Disciplinary Commission handed Deryugina an eight-year ban in April for violating five statutes of the FIG Code of Discipline, including acting to influence the results of a competition.

The Tribunal heard her appeal June 30.

"These violations against the Statutes and the Code of Discipline must render a severe sanction. The Tribunal finds however that eight years is too long and has shortened the sanctions by one Olympic Cycle (4 years)," stated the FIG release.

Deryugina originally was suspended from the FIG Rhythmic Technical Committee, was stripped of her Brevet judging status and was banned from participating in any FIG event as a coach or delegation member through Dec. 31, 2016. The halved sanction is in effect through Dec. 31, 2012.

Deryugina, who has proclaimed her innocence, has the right to appeal the sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne.

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Viner Gets Warning from FIG (June 30, 2008)
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FIG Suspends Deryugina till 2016 (April 22, 2008)

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