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Russia’s Olympic bobsleigh champion Negodaylo put on IAAF blacklist

January 19, 11:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
12 other bobsledders part of Russia’s national team have been included in the list of athletes banned from participating in all international track-and-field competitions
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Alexey Negodaylo

Alexey Negodaylo

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MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. Russia’s 2014 Olympic champion Alexey Negodaylo and 12 other bobsledders part of Russia’s national team has been included in the list of athletes banned from participating in all international track-and-field competitions.

After the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to suspend the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) as a member amid the doping scandal, it defined a list of athletes who will be temporarily prohibited from participating in any international competitions.

This document sent to the IAAF was compiled based on the list of members of the Russian track-and-field team of various years and of all ages and also based on the IAAF data. The list includes 13 bobsledders of Russia’s team who previously achieved certain success as track-and-field athletes.

Besides Negodaylo, the list also includes participants of the 2014 Sochi Olympics Nadezhda Paleyeva and Nadezhda Sergeyeva, who came 16th during the competition. Russia’s silver medalist of the 2013 World Championship Maxim Mokrousov has been also banned from participation in the international track-and-field competitions.

Among the blacklisted bobsledders of the main Russian national team are Yevgeniya Solovyova, Kristina Marukhlenko, Mariya Serkova, Kirill Sukharev, Ilfat Sadeyev, Daniil Kovalenko, Mikhail Mordasov, Yulia Belomestnyh and Yulia Shokshueva.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on November 13 suspended the Russian athletics federation’s membership by an overwhelming majority vote. Shortly afterwards the IAAF declared it had set up a special inspection group that would assess progress in reforming the ARAF.

The commission’s first findings will be made public when the IAAF Council meets in session in Cardiff in March 2016. There is a risk Russia’s track-and-field athletics team may be barred from the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

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