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Isinbayeva ready to consider nomination for position of ARAF president after 2016 Olympics

November 16, 2015, 16:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The election of the ARAF President will be held on January 16 at the federation’s emergency conference
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Yelena Isinbayeva

Yelena Isinbayeva

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MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva is ready to consider nomination to the position of the President of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) after the Rio Olympics in August 2016. She said as much while speaking to a TASS correspondent.

"I am interested in all the proposals which will appear after the Olympics," she said. "If there is a relevant proposal, I may consider it and see whether I will be able to cope with the job. There are many worthy people who may be nominated to this position who could cope with this work which will fall on their shoulders."

The election of the ARAF President will be held on January 16 at the federation’s emergency conference. Another election of the ARAF head will be held within six months after the end of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) during its meeting on Friday found the report of the All-Russian Athletics Federation on fighting against doping unconvincing and overwhelmingly voted to temporarily suspend the Russian national federation’s membership in this international organization. According to many experts, there is a strong possibility that Russia’s track-and-field team will not be able to take part in the World Indoor Championships to be held from March 17 to March 20, 2016, in the United States and in the Olympic Games in Brazil in August.

Isinbayeva is a two-time Olympic champion (Athens-2004, Beijing-2008), a silver medalist of the 2012 London Olympics and a three-time world champion. She set 28 world records during her career.

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