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Friday 04, Aug 2017

  Russian Athletics Chief Apologizes For Doping Scandal

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Dmitry Shlyakhtin, head of the Russian athletics federation (RusAF), has issued an apology in an address to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Congress meeting ahead of the World Championships.

Shlyakhtin rendered the public apology for the Russian doping scandal that has seen Russia barred from international track and field competition. The RusAF head remarked the situation with athletics is very difficult indeed and outlined that the Russian athletics federation had been totally overhauled since he took charge in early 2016 and that “radical changes” have been introduced. Shlyakhtin added the initial period was not sufficient to understand the scale of the crisis happening in Russia and added he had delved into this situation and understand that the decision by the IAAF and Council to ban Russia was indeed the right one.

The head of the Russian athletics federation said he would like to apologize to all athletes who have had gold and silver medals snatched from them at competitions. Shlyakhtin also said he wants to assure everyone that his new team will fight doping and what happened will never happen again.

IAAF president Sebastian Coe termed the apology as “a very candid response”. Coe remarked the whole Congress was pleased to recognize that the Russian federation recognized themselves that they have been through some pretty torrid times that they are doing everything they possibly can to make sure that the federation started doing the hard yards of changing the culture around coaching systems and endemic systems that have served, very badly, the athletes. The IAAF president also commented that progress is clearly being made.

Rune Andersen, independent chairman of the IAAF Taskforce looking into doping in Russia, hailed the apology. Andersen remarked it is fair to say that the path has not always been completely smooth and added there have been some bumps along the way, usually in the form of political statements or interventions that have not been entirely helpful. The IAAF Taskforce chairman said he would want to pay tribute to Dmitry Shlyakhtin and the colleagues he brought with him when he was elected as RusAF president in early 2016.

      Andersen added Dmitry clearly understands the need to change the doping culture that clearly existed in Russian athletics in the past and also remarked he understands the harm that culture has cost clean athletes everywhere as the apology he just extended to those cheated out of medals demonstrates. Andersen also commented that it is a measure of the man and an important step on the road to rehabilitation of Russian athletics that he is willing to acknowledge that offence publicly. Andersen insisted that the timeline of return of Russia to international action in November was possible.

Last year, Russia was accused of widespread state-sponsored doping. The athletics team of Russia was barred from last summer’s Rio Olympics and will also miss the IAAF World Championships. The world governing body of athletics however permitted some Russian athletes to compete as neutrals after they had successfully met the exceptional eligibility criteria, essentially demonstrating that they have come through transparent anti-doping testing.

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Thursday 27, Apr 2017

  Criticism Of Testing Procedure For Turinabol Dismissed By WADA

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has dismissed the suggestions made by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko that questioned the method for detecting Turinabol.

In an interview with news agency TASS, Mutko had remarked the method for detecting Turinabol would find the banned substance “even in coffee”. Mutko also commented that the test for Turinabol could not be trusted because it was designed by Grigory Rodchenkov. Testimony of the former director of the Moscow Laboratory sparked the Independent Commission investigation into widespread doping in Russia.

Mutko, who was promoted from Sports Minister to Deputy Prime Minister in October of last year, said a number of athletes have filed lawsuits against the method of Rodchenkov that can detect steroids in the body for far longer. Mutko said most violations are currently detected according to a technology designed by a former head of the Russian lab and added Turinabol tests are his invention.

A WADA spokesperson said Oral Turinabol is a synthetic anabolic steroid developed by a pharmaceutical company and we are not aware of any natural source of Turinabol. The spokesperson added we have tested hundreds of thousands of coffee drinkers’ urine samples over the years without detecting any Turinabol or metabolites of Turinabol.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently disqualified two Russian athletes – Tatyana Chernova and Maksim Dyldin – from Beijing 2008 for failing retrospective tests.  A statement by the International Olympic Committee reads that re-analysis of Chernova’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (Turinabol). The statement also reads that the Russian Olympic Committee shall notably secure the return to the IOC, as soon as possible, of the bronze medal, the medalist pin, and the diploma awarded in connection with the women’s heptathlon event to the athlete and the decision is effective immediately. Dyldin, a relay specialist, is already serving a four year suspension after refusing to participate in drugs tests. The 29-year-old would be ineligible until 2021.

Both athletes were caught because of new techniques provided by Rodchenkov. Chernova was stripped of the bronze medal she won in the heptathlon event in Beijing; the heptathlete has already been stripped of her 2011 world title and the Olympic bronze medal she won at London 2012 for doping.

A total of 83 athletes have tested positive for Turinabol that is at the centre of the IOC’s retesting of samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 retests across both editions of the Games. Turinabol was also the substance of choice for East German officials in the infamous state-sponsored doping scheme of the country. The German Democratic Republic (GDR) conducted a widespread doping regime, known as State Plan 14.25, during a 20-year period in the 1970s and 1980s prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The widespread doping regime was overseen by the Ministry for State Security, known as the Stasi. It is widely believed that up to 9,000 athletes were part of the program, often being given banned drugs without their knowledge.

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Thursday 09, Feb 2017

  Russian City Loses Right To Host 2021 World Biathlon Contest

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Russia suffered further embarrassment on Wednesday after losing the right to host a World Cup event and junior World Championships. The International Biathlon Union (IBU) announced the city of Tyumen has been stripped off the hosting rights for the 2021 Biathlon World Championships amid allegations of widespread and state-sponsored doping in Russia.

An IBU statement said the executive committee invites Russia to cede its right to host the 2021 world championships. The statement also reads that the IBU would strip the town of Tyumen of hosting rights itself if Russia failed to take the initiative.

In September last year, the city of Tyumen won the right to host the event ahead of Slovenia’s Pokljuka and Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic. Officials from several national biathlon federations, including those of Canada, the United States, and Norway then went on to publicly criticize the choice of a Russian venue. The officials had then remarked that the selection of a Russian venue would send the wrong signal in the wake of a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren that alleged widespread state-backed doping in Russia.

The International Biathlon Union will reattribute the hosting rights at its 2018 Congress.

Martin Fourcade, the world’s top biathlete, and women’s World Cup leader Laura Dahlmeier made strong calls for the IBU to step up its fight against state-sponsored tactics of Russia after only two of the 31 named athletes in the McLaren report were suspended. Charges against 22 of the Russian biathletes were dropped by the IBU for lack of evidence.

The president of the Russian federation, Alexander Kravtsov, remarked his federation was “ready to appeal the decision.” Kravtsov added the Russian federation would not give up the hosting rights voluntarily.

In 2009, 20 national federations signed a petition that demanded tougher punishments for cases of systematic doping. A petition was signed last month by more than 150 biathletes and coaches. The petition urged the sport’s governing body, the IBU, to impose higher fines of up to $1 million, impose longer bans of up to eight years, and introduce the reduction of start places for national federations with athletes caught doping.

In response, the IBU said it would not tighten its anti-doping regulations on an immediate basis. The International Biathlon Union said longer bans on athletes caught doping cannot be imposed as anti-doping rules of the sport have to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Code. However, the IBU said it will establish a working group for preparing new rules for higher fines and reduced starting spots that could take effect at the start of the 2017-18 season.

The woes of Russia were not assisted by the recent statement of Russian deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko. The world’s governing body of athletics recently criticized Mutko for his role and issued statements. In his defense, Mutko said Russian coaches who do not understand how to work without doping should “retire.” Russia will miss the World Championships that start on August 4 in London though some Russian athletes could compete in London under a neutral banner.

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Sunday 23, Oct 2016

  WADA President Calls On Japanese PM To Raise Funding

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Speaking at the World Forum on Sport and Culture in Tokyo, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) President Sir Craig Reedie has called on governments to increase their funding to the fight against drugs in sport during a robust defense of the anti-doping organization.

Sir Craig Reedie specifically called on Japan for stepping up their contribution after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to support the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) efforts to combat doping. The Briton said after delivering his speech Prime Minister Abe should reinforce the message to increase funding if he has influence with Governments. Reedie also commented the World Anti-Doping Agency operate on a budget of less than $30 million (£24 million/€27 million) a year with the world’s doping problems to solve and he would appreciate Japan taking the initiative.

The WADA President added the IOC matches Government contributions dollar for dollar. Reedie added it would be marvelous if, as a result of the troubles of the last two years and as a result of the splendid Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Government decided that this is an investment that they are prepared to make. WADA is funded 50-50 by Governments and the IOC at present with both sides under pressure to step-up their respective contributions.

Craig, after the problems WADA faced with the anti-doping authorities and laboratories ahead of Rio 2016, said he has confidence that Tokyo would be more successful. Reedie added he is very confident that what will happen here, in the build-up to Tokyo and through Tokyo, is in excellent hands. The WADA chief added the Organizing Committee is fully aware of their responsibilities and the manpower that they will have to deliver to conduct the whole anti-doping program and also said much of that will be run by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency, and they are one of the very best national anti-doping agencies in the world. Reedie also said it is hard in his view to imagine a better place to be four years out than Tokyo.

In the last few months, many IOC members have criticized WADA for not doing enough to combat alleged state-sponsored doping in Russia. Some IOC members even called for the body to play less of a regulatory role and more of a direct testing one.

In its defense, WADA chief defended the response of WADA to the Russian doping crisis. Reedie added WADA commissioned two independent reports, with the second of these, chaired by Richard McLaren of Canada due to be completed towards the end of this month. Sir Craig Reedie also emphasized on the wider progress achieves over the last year, including the advent of the athlete biological passport testing system. Reedie also said WADA has punched well above its weight and added we can be quite proud of what we’ve accomplished on modest means. Reedie also said he (while there is always room for improvement) would ask those that question our contribution to consider what’s been achieved; and, to imagine where sport would be if there was no WADA – no global leader of clean sport.

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Monday 22, Aug 2016

  Safety Of Russian Whistleblower Not Our Concern, Says IOC President

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has remarked the IOC is not responsible for dangers to which Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova may be exposed.

Yulia made allegations of state-sponsored doping in Russia and was then forced to go into hiding in the United States with husband Vitaly, a former Russian anti-doping official. The Russian track and field athlete provided evidence that the Russian government for years facilitated widespread cheating across nearly all Olympic sports. Her revelations along with those of the former Russian anti-doping laboratory triggered a series of investigations including one from the World Anti-Doping Agency. The WADA report, McLaren report issued last month, described how Russians were replacing positive doping samples with clean ones during the Sochi Games with the support of the Russian secret service.

Last week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said Yulia’s online doping management account, which includes her location and address, had been illegally accessed. The Russian athlete the accessing of her account was done for discovering her whereabouts. Yulia has been branded a traitor by many people back home in Russia. In a conference call days ago, Stepanova remarked if something happens to us then you should know that it is not an accident.

The world governing body of athletics, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), praised her and she was cleared to compete in the Rio Olympics but the International Olympic Committee banned Stepanova because of her doping past and instead sent her an invitation to attend as a guest.

Bach remarked the ethics commission had to answer the question whether it was appropriate to change the constitution of the IOC for Yulia Stepanova in order to be able to allow her to compete in the Rio Olympics and added it came to the conclusion this would not be appropriate. The IOC President also remarked we invited her to come and we offered her support if she should need it not only support for her life but also for her sporting career. Bach also defended decision of the IOC to allow some Russians to compete after international federations cleared them saying it was a decision to protect clean athletes. The International Olympic Committee President said we have taken a decision there in the interests of athletes, defending the individual rights of these athletes and not making athletes be responsible for irregularities of their government.

Bach also remarked all samples from Russian athletes at Sochi would be retested. He also said they would also be checked for any tampering, as described in the McLaren report.

Declaring Rio Games closed, Bach urged the youths of the world to assemble in Tokyo in 2020 for the next edition of the quadrennial showpiece. The International Olympic Committee President officially declared the Games closed in the presence of over 60,000 spectators and over 11,000 athletes from across the globe at the historic Maracana. Bach commented Rio 2016 would be remembered as an iconic games, not only for its historic sporting achievements, but also because of the spirit and passion of the Brazilian people.

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Tuesday 21, Jun 2016

  Russia May Be Completely Banned From Sochi Olympics

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Former WADA president Dick Pound has remarked it is very much possible that Russia could be completely excluded from the Rio 2016 Olympics.

The country will face Olympic exile if the allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi are proven. An investigation funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency into allegations made by Grigory Rodchenkov, the former director of Moscow’s anti-doping lab, is presently being led by Canadian legal expert Richard McLaren. This report by McLaren will be completed by July 15, which will be two weeks before the Rio Games get underway but McLaren has already disclosed that he has been able to corroborate some of the claims made by Rodchenkov. The IAAF task force leader Rune Andersen remarked evidence had already been found by McLaren that samples of Russian athletes were being ‘filtered’ in the build-up to the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow so that only clean samples get tested.

Rodchenkov’s interview with the New York Times brought Russia to the brink of international low and humiliation. The ex-director of Moscow’s anti-doping lab detailed an alleged conspiracy by government officials to ensure success at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

WADA president Sir Craig Reedie said at a conference in London the results of the McLaren investigation may present a precedent-setting opportunity to demonstrate our collective commitment to clean sport. Reedie added we will respond thoroughly and effectively if the allegations are found to be true. The WADA president also added we are encouraged that the IAAF recognized its responsibilities and also remarked it suspended the Russian federation because of (WADA) code breaches and they have decided to continue that. Reedie added if there is clear evidence of other sports being involved then clearly you would hope that the relevant international federations might take the same view.

On Friday, a global ban on the athletics federation of Russia that was in place since November was upheld by the world governing body of athletics in a unanimous vote. Many in the Olympics fraternity are of the view that athletics is not the only sport of Russia engulfed with doping with a recent surge in doping positives in Russian swimming, weightlifting, and wrestling.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko condemned decision of the IAAF to uphold the ban on Russian athletics and said the IAAF should be disbanded. Mutko remarked the IAAF has exonerated itself from responsibility by shifting the responsibility to the All-Russia Athletics Federation.

US Senator John Thune, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, has pressed the World Anti-Doping Agency to explain why it took it so long for them to initiate an investigation into systematic doping and cheating by the Russian Olympic team. Thune remarked the US Office of National Drug Control Policy has contributed more than $25 million since 2003 to WADA in the form of dues for protecting the rights of athletes to participate in drug-free sports and therefore the Senate Commerce Committee has oversight and legislative jurisdiction over sports.

In another development, IAAF President Sebastian Coe has remarked the hard-line athletics has taken on state-sponsored doping in Russia and this can act as a blueprint for other sports.

Norwegian Rune Andersen, who led the IAAF taskforce of five investigators that recommended against reinstating Russia, remarked he would soon share evidence of drug taking in other sports.

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Friday 17, Jun 2016

  Evidence Suggests Lord Coe Knew About Doping Corruption

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A senior Conservative MP has suggested that the position of Lord Sebastian Coe as the IAAF president could be at risk over “very, very disturbing” allegations about his knowledge of the doping problems of Russia.

Jesse Norman, chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, said the “jury is out” on whether he has confidence in Sebastian Coe in his present role. Norman remarked he expects the Tory peer to make a return before the committee to answer fresh questions and issue an apology to the parliament among the potential measures available if it is shown he misled parliament.

Tory MP Damian Collins said that the position of Coe as president of the IAAF will be ‘impossible’ unless he can provide a ‘robust explanation’. Collins added he thinks this is really significant information on the evidence about doping in Russia that he was sent the detailed allegations four months before the evidence became public and yet denied any knowledge.

Norman told BBC Radio 4’s Today program he would say it is almost certain that we will want to have Lord Coe back in front of the committee. Norman added competence is one thing, confidence is another thing and part of that would also be to assess whether he is giving the IAAF the leadership that he has promised and also commented that may all be swept away if the committee comes to the view that there’s been some issue of misleading Parliament here. Norman also said it was very disturbing that an email sent to Coe had detailed allegations about a Russian marathon champion asked to pay £360,000 to senior athletics officials to have her drugs offences covered up. Coe, now the president of the International Association of Athletic Federations, received the email outlining the doping scandal in August 2014.

This was after an investigation by the BBC’s Panorma program claimed that Coe might have misled the parliament in 2015 about when and what he knew about the Russian doping scandal. The BBC also gathered evidence that strongly suggests Sebastian Coe turned Papa Massata Diack, the disgraced former official at the centre of the corruption scandal, to help him win the presidential election.

Meanwhile, the IAAF has said Coe was right to pass on information to the ethics commission he received in 2014 about allegations of a plot to blackmail a Russian athlete over blood results. The world governing body of athletics said the panel told Sebastian Coe it was already aware of the allegations that were being “actively investigated”, so left the case with it. The athlete-in-question was Liliya Shobukhova, the former London marathon winner who was asked to pay €450,000 (£360,000) to officials for concealing her doping offences and allowing her to run in the London Olympics. The Russian athlete was eventually sanctioned for doping offences and a sum of €300,000 (£240,000) was repaid to her from an account belonging to Black Tidings, the company in Singapore controlled by a business associate of Papa Massata Diack and also now the focus of a criminal investigation being conducted by the French financial authorities.

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Tuesday 07, Jun 2016

  Twenty Weightlifting Positive Tests From 2008 And 2012 Olympics

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The International Weightlifting Federation has announced it was informed by the International Olympic Committee of 10 positive doping cases from the 2008 Beijing Games and 10 from the 2012 London Games, including medal winners.

In a statement sent, the IWF said the 10 from London were described as confirmed positives while the 10 Beijing tests were “presumed” positives that still require “B” sample analyses. The IWF revealed the positive tests included that of some medal winners but refused to give any names or nationalities. The 20 positive doping cases account for a larger part of the total of 55 positives which the International Olympic Committee has reported so far, including 32 from Beijing and 23 from London.

The IOC started retesting blood and urine samples after many eminent newspapers and whistleblowers alleged systematic cheating from the now-tainted Russian lab at the 2014 Winter Games. The present retesting program is targeting athletes who could possibly be eligible to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in August.

In another development, Russia has started to clean up sports in the country and suspended seven sports stars for doping offenses. It was reported by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) that a judo fighter has been hit with a four-year ban and six weightlifters have been banned for between two and eight years. Larisa Kobeleva, the 2014 world junior champion, has been suspended for four years along with Kseniya Kolomiyets and Anton Kotlayrov. Five-time Russian weightlifting champion Aminat Maskhadova and 2014 European junior silver medalist Yegor Ivanov have each been given doping bans of eight years. The 2015 Russian judo champion, Pyotr Khachirov, has received a four-year suspension and Nadezhda Ovchinnikova, the 2014 European champion, has been banned for two years.

The Russian sports ministry also announced a detailed series of reforms that are aimed at altering social attitudes to doping in Russia. The Ministry, in conjunction with the Council of Europe, will aim to educate young athletes with the message that doping is unacceptable. A ministry statement said all higher education institutions for professionals in the fields of sport and medicine will teach an anti-doping class. The statement further reads that lessons on anti-doping will be rolled out as part of the curriculum in schools across the country as a final step and also remarked that the classes on anti-doping will be taught as part of Physical Education classes, and will be obligatory for all children, meaning that it will reach millions of students across Russia.

Natalia Zhelanova, anti-doping adviser to the minister of sport of Russia, said she was fully committed to clean up sports in the country. Zhelanova added she wants to ensure the next generation of athletes is properly educated about doping issues. The anti-doping adviser also said we recognize that to create real change we must inform athletes from the very beginning of their careers and remarked it is about instilling the right values from the outset, but we hope this initiative will be supported by wider society as this is a change that all Russians must embrace.

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Monday 22, Feb 2016

  Ex-RUSADA Chief Wanted To Expose Russian Doping

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Ten weeks before his unexpected death, the former head of Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA) approached a Sunday Times journalist. Nikita Kamaev offered to blow the whistle on the secret development of performance enhancing drugs by his country.

Sunday Times sportswriter David Walsh, who is well-known for his covering of doping by cycling champion Lance Armstrong, reported that Kamaev wrote to him in November and offered to reveal information on doping covering the last three decades.

Walsh revealed that Kamaev wanted him to be his co-author but the book plans did not proceed further. The Sunday Times journalist added he was not willing to work with Kamaev because of his poor English and former role overseeing the drug testing agency at a time when the government of Russia gained more influence over drug testing.

The 52-year-old Kamaev told the journalist he wanted to write a book to expose the full extent of doping in Russia. In early December, Kamaev sent an e-mail to the journalist that he wanted to write a book about the true story of sport pharmacology and doping in Russia since 1987 while being a young scientist working in secret lab in USSR Institute of Sports Medicine. In November, a report for WADA disclosed the existence of a second Moscow laboratory in addition to the laboratory accredited by the WADA. The WADA report concluded that role of the second laboratory was to cover up what would otherwise be positive drug tests.

In the wake of the report, the head of a Russian anti-doping laboratory, Grigoriy Rodchenkov, resigned a day after a report by WADA accused Russia of widespread cheating in athletics. Rodchenkov had earlier said allegations against Russia had been compiled by idiots while Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko termed conclusions of the report “baseless” and “really fictional”.

Kamaev also wrote in the email that he had the information and facts that have never been published. Kamaev wrote in another e-mail sent on December 4 that his personal archive contains actual documents, including confidential sources, regarding the development of performance-enhancing drugs and medicine in sport, correspondence with the anti-doping community, ministry of sports, IOC (International Olympic Committee), NOC (National Olympic Committee), WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency), personally and more.

The former RUSADA chief made his first approach to the journalist on Nov 21. Kamaev died from a heart attack on February 14 after he had just returned from cross-country skiing close to Moscow.

Ramil Khabriyev, former general director of RUSADA and a former friend of Kamaev said Kamaev’s widow did not suspect foul play. Khabriyev added he does not have any suspicions. Khabriev told Tass Agency of Russia that Nikita Kamaev planned a book but later decided to abandon the idea as too much influence over its contents was demanded by an “American publisher”.

Kamaev was the second former head of RUSADA to die this February after Vyacheslav Sinev, whom he replaced in 2011 as executive director and who had a history of heart problems, died on February 3.

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Monday 23, Feb 2015

  Russian Athletes Involved In Doping Scandal Will Face Disciplinary Proceedings, Says IAAF

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The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has remarked that Russian athletes involved in a major doping scandal will face disciplinary proceedings in the next three months as the sports fight to deal with a “crisis.”

IAAF President Lamine Diack expressed shock and said he was disturbed by allegations of widespread doping in Russia, which was exposed by a German television documentary. Diack remarked it is a difficult crisis but we will put it behind us by cleaning all this. However, Diack denied that IAAF officials were involved in covering up doping in Russia. The 81-year-old Senegalese said he is convinced that he knows his department and added in Russia there are some cheaters and if it’s demonstrated that cheating is organized we have to take action, not only on the athletes, but on the leaders.

Last month, the anti-doping agency of Russia (RUSADA) announced that three Olympic walking champions, Olga Kaniskina, Valery Borchin, Sergei Kirdyapkin, as well as the 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin, and the 2011 world silver medalist Vladimir Kanaykin had been suspended for anti-doping violations. Russia’s 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin and silver medalist Vladimir Kanaykin were also banned for failing doping tests.

Borchin was suspended for eight years backdated to October 15 2012 even though he had already announced his retirement. Kaniskina and Kirdyapkin were banned for three years and two months from October 15 2012, while Bakulin got the same ban from December 24 2012. Kanaykin has received a life ban from December 17 2012.

In a conference call with reporters, IAAF anti-doping manager Thomas Capdevielle said we hope to at least initiate proceedings in the next two or three months on the first individuals. In another development, the IAAF said it has opened disciplinary proceedings against Coach Viktor Chegin who trained at the Russian race-walking centre in Saransk. Capdevielle remarked the case is currently being investigated and pursued as an anti-doping violation. The IAAF anti-doping manager added he requires some investigation and also remarked but we are confident it will end up in a satisfying conclusion for us, with a sanction and this coach out of the sport.

In another development, British athlete Jenny Meadows has expressed fear that athletics could be “killed” by the Russian doping allegations. The 33-year-old athlete was beaten to European gold by a Russian drug cheat in 2011. Meadows finished second in the 800m to Yevgeniya Zinurova in the 2011 European Indoor Championships but she was later upgraded to gold the following year when Zinurova was banned for two years for doping. Yevgeniya Zinurova was suspended by RUSADA for abnormal indexes in her biometric passports.

Jenny Meadows remarked if it is as widespread as those allegations do deem, she just thinks it would just kill our sport. Meadows went on to remark that sponsors may walk away from the sport and fans may walk away from the sport and we may never get a 100 percent accuracy of the scale of doping. She also said it might be the case that we have to prove how many people are doping, destroy the image of the sport and then rebuild it again and look for positive role models who can succeed and win medals on the international stage who are clean athletes.

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