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Russia’s anti-doping chief confirms suspension of race walk coach

September 15, 2015, 14:09 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published on Monday a global list of Athlete Support Personnel, who were suspended from working with athletes
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MOSCOW, September 15. /TASS/. Russia’s race walk coach Yevgeny Yevsyukov was earlier suspended from work over his involvement in reported national athletes’ abuse of prohibited performance enhancing drugs, the Russian anti-doping chief told TASS on Tuesday.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published on Monday a global list of Athlete Support Personnel, who were currently suspended from working with athletes or other persons. Eight Russian were included in the total of 114 names list.

"Yevgeny Yevsyukov is the coach, who violated anti-doping violations," Nikita Kamayev, the president of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), said in an interview with TASS. "He has been disqualified as the coach, who was involved in subscribing athletes prohibited drugs."

"At some timer criminal procedures were opened against Yevsyukov and evidence was provided against him within the frames of the investigation," Kamayev said. "All [investigation] materials were later handed over to RUSADA, which later came with a relevant penalty.

Besides Yevsyukov, who was suspended until June 14, 2018, the other seven Russian included in WADA’s blacklist are: the former director of the Olympic Race Walking Training Center in the Republic of Mordovia, Viktor Kolesnikov (suspended until October 20, 2018), freestyle wrestling coach Imran Anzorov (suspended for life), rugby physiotherapist Andrey Kosarev (suspended for life), weightlifting coach Alexander Babedzhanyan (suspended until December 24, 2016), cycling doctor Sergey Lyakhov (suspended until November 4, 2015), basketball doctor Yury Voronchikhin (suspended for life) and cycling coach Pavel Korolyov (suspended for life).

Seven of Russia’s listed sports officials and personnel were often in the focus of media reports, which stated that they all were subjected to various forms of penalties. However, Yevsyukov reportedly continued working at the Moscow-based athletics training center.

WADA’s published blacklist, called "The Prohibited Association List," was created based on case decisions and information provided by Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) and illustrates that 114 Athlete Support Personnel worldwide are disqualified from working with athletes or other persons.

According to WADA, the Prohibited Association rule stipulates that athletes and other persons are prohibited from working with athlete support personnel that are currently sanctioned, or have been sanctioned within the previous six years, for an anti-doping rule violation.

"WADA is increasingly of the belief that athletes do not dope alone, and that often there is a member of their entourage encouraging them to cheat," WADA President Sir Craig Reedie was quoted as saying in the organization’s statement on Monday.

"By publishing this List, WADA is helping athletes know which individuals to evade if they are to avoid violating the rules themselves," the WADA president added.

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