Putin jokingly suggests Russia should develop teleportationScience & Space December 09, 2:07
Russian investigators conduct searches across Russia over doping casesSport December 09, 1:52
Source: Postponing OPEC, non-OPEC meeting still option for RussiaBusiness & Economy December 09, 0:35
Sports arbitration court strips Russian boxer of 2016 Olympic silverSport December 08, 22:48
Russia, US military experts, diplomats to discuss Aleppo in Geneva on Dec. 10 - LavrovWorld December 08, 22:41
Lavrov says US voiced regret over shelling of hospital in Aleppo but somewhat hazilyRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 08, 21:48
Budget revenues from Rosneft privatization to be $11.1 bln — ministerBusiness & Economy December 08, 21:18
Lavrov, Kerry discuss militants’ withdrawal from Aleppo — Russian foreign ministryRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 08, 21:00
Lavrov: Combat actions in Aleppo suspended to take civilians out of cityRussian Politics & Diplomacy December 08, 20:56
MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. Vadim Zelichenok officially assumed the post of the acting president of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) on Wednesday after former president Valentin Balakhnichev resigned on February 17, ARAF Secretary General Mikhail Butov said.
Balakhnichev, 65, who headed the ARAF for over 20 years and was reelected for another four-year term in 2012, announced his resignation in the wake of high-profile doping scandals involving titled Russian athletes and handed over his powers to First Vice President Zelichenok.
"By delegating the rights to manage the organization to my companion I can say that I am handing over the organization in a normal condition without any debts of problems," Balakhnichev said commenting on his resignation on Tuesday. "We have only one problem, and it is the problem of doping. I hope I will still be of use for athletics. There was also part of my guilt as well and everything that happened."
In an interview with TASS, Zelichenok said he had no intentions to run in the organization’s next presidential election.
"I will try to explain that all this is only for the short period of time during the crisis situation. I hope to remain working on the executive posts of the ARAF, but I do not see myself in the capacity of the president. I am not that young and we need to give way for younger people," Zelichenok, 59, said.