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Three Russian athletes warned for breach of IAAF’s suspension

December 03, 2015, 15:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
One of the athletes is Viktor Ugarov who took part in a marathon after the IAAF made a decision on suspending the ARAF membership
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MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. Three Russian athletes have been warned for breaching a ban of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on their performance at international competitions amid recent doping scandals, acting Head of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) Vadim Zelichenok told TASS on Thursday.

Athlete Viktor Ugarov took part in a marathon after the IAAF made a decision on suspending the ARAF membership and banning Russian athletes from participating in international competitions under the world athletic organization’s aegis. The results of Ugarov’s victory in the marathon in Japan on November 15 have been annulled and he has been deprived of prize money. However, he has avoided further disqualification from the ARAF. The names of the other two Russian athletes that breached the IAAF’s ban were not disclosed.

"A warning has been issued to these three athletes. Their explanations were heard and precisely this decision was passed. No other Russian athletes have breached the ban," Zelichenok said.

The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency published on November 9 the results of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian Sports Ministry. The commission brought accusations against some athletics officials and athletes.

The Moscow anti-doping laboratory announced on November 10 it was fully suspending its activity. WADA earlier stated that the activity of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) failed to adhere to WADA’s code. RUSADA subsequently received a notification on the suspension of its activities.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said at its Council meeting in November that a report prepared by the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) on the struggle against doping was unsatisfactory and decided by a majority of votes to suspend Russia’s membership in the international athletics association.

Experts say it is highly probable that the Russian national athletics team won’t be able to perform at the Summer Olympics in Brazil in August 2016.

The WADA Independent Commission was set up and began its work earlier, following a series of German documentaries on the alleged mass use of performance enhancing drugs among Russia’s field and track athletes.

In December 2014, German TV Channel ARD aired a series of documentaries on alleged doping abuse in Russian sports. The ARD’s two-part documentary, entitled Geheimsache Doping (Secret Doping Case), claimed that Russian athletes systematically took banned substances on instructions from their coaches.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in June his deep disappointment with the rise of positive doping cases registered among Russian athletes and urged to enhance the fight against the abuse of performance enhancing drugs.

On August 1 this year, ARD released another documentary "Doping - Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics." The film claimed that ARD and British newspaper The Sunday Times had obtained a leaked database belonging to the International Association of Athletics Federations, which contained more than 12,000 blood tests from around 5,000 athletes in the years 2001 to 2012.

ARD further alleged that a third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests but none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.

The Sunday Times also alleged that Russian athletes suspected of doping abuse had won 80% of medals for their country at Olympic Games and World Championships between 2001 and 2012.

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