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Olympic champion walkers in Russian team after doping bans

  • FILE - This is a Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012  file photo of Russia's Sergei Kirdyapkin  as hecelebrates winning the men's 50-kilometer race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Sergei Kirdyapkin, Olga Kaniskina and Elena Lashmanova were all named in an updated team list on the Russian Sports Ministry website Monday, April 11, 2016, meaning they could compete at the Olympics in August if the Russian team’s suspension from global track and field is lifted in time. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

    FILE - This is a Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 file photo of Russia's Sergei Kirdyapkin as hecelebrates winning the men's 50-kilometer race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Sergei Kirdyapkin, Olga Kaniskina and Elena Lashmanova were all named in an updated team list on the Russian Sports Ministry website Monday, April 11, 2016, meaning they could compete at the Olympics in August if the Russian team’s suspension from global track and field is lifted in time. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 file photo Elena Lashmanova of Russia makes her way in the 20-kilometer women's race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London.  Elena Lashmanova,  Sergei Kirdyapkin,  and Olga Kaniskina were all named in an updated team list on the Russian Sports Ministry website Monday, April 11, 2016, meaning they could compete at the Olympics in August if the Russian team’s suspension from global track and field is lifted in time. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 file photo Elena Lashmanova of Russia makes her way in the 20-kilometer women's race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London. Elena Lashmanova, Sergei Kirdyapkin, and Olga Kaniskina were all named in an updated team list on the Russian Sports Ministry website Monday, April 11, 2016, meaning they could compete at the Olympics in August if the Russian team’s suspension from global track and field is lifted in time. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday Aug. 11, 2012 file photo, Russia's Olga Kaniskina walks on her way at the women's 20-kilometer race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  Olga Kaniskina,   Sergei Kirdyapkin, and Elena Lashmanova were all named in an updated team list on the Russian Sports Ministry website Monday, April 11, 2016, meaning they could compete at the Olympics in August if the Russian team’s suspension from global track and field is lifted in time. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)

    FILE - In this Saturday Aug. 11, 2012 file photo, Russia's Olga Kaniskina walks on her way at the women's 20-kilometer race walk at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Olga Kaniskina, Sergei Kirdyapkin, and Elena Lashmanova were all named in an updated team list on the Russian Sports Ministry website Monday, April 11, 2016, meaning they could compete at the Olympics in August if the Russian team’s suspension from global track and field is lifted in time. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, file)  (The Associated Press)

Three Olympic champion race walkers have returned to the Russian national team after serving doping bans.

Sergei Kirdyapkin, Olga Kaniskina and Elena Lashmanova were all named in an updated team list on the Russian Sports Ministry's website Monday, meaning they could compete at the Olympics in August if the Russian team's suspension from track and field is lifted in time.

Russia had previously avoided picking athletes who had served doping bans as it tries to rebuild its reputation following its suspension in November by the IAAF following allegations of systematic doping.

Kirdyapkin last month lost his Olympic gold medal in the 50-kilometer walk when the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled his doping sanction was too lenient. Kaniskina lost a silver medal.

The return of the three to the national team could prompt tension with track's governing body, which has ordered Russian track officials to "immediately suspend all cooperation" with their government-run training center in the city of Saransk. More than 25 doping cases have come from the center's athletes and the top coach was banned for life last month for doping offenses.

When they raced at the Russian championships this year, documents listed Kirdyapkin and Kaniskina as having coaches from the Saransk center. Lashmanova did not race and is listed as injured.

Kirdyapkin, Kaniskina and Lashmanova are also among a group of Russian walkers and officials who remain under investigation by the IAAF over a 2014 incident in which several top Russian walkers were photographed apparently competing in a domestic competition despite serving suspensions and bans at the time.