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IAAF publishes list of Russian athletes banned from international competitions

February 08, 13:53 UTC+3
The list contains a total of 4,027 names of Russian athletes including national team leaders
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PARIS, February 8. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) published on Monday on its website a list of Russian athletes banned from international competitions for the duration of the suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF).

The list contains a total of 4,027 names of Russian athletes including national team leaders (such as Yelena Isinbayeva, Yekaterina Koneva, Daria Klishina, Anna Chicherova, Sergey Shubenkov) as well as athletes suspended over doping-related issues (Valery Borchin, Sergey Kirdyapkin, Olga Kaniskina, Sergey Bakulin, Vladimir Kanaikin, Lilia Shobukhova, Yevgeniya Zolotova).

The list was prepared based on the information provided by the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF). The IAAF, however, also reported on its website on Monday that the current list was not final and can be a subject to changes.

WADA’s Independent Commission published on November 9 the results of its probe into the activity of the ARAF, the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the RUSADA and the Russian Sports Ministry.

The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances.

RUSADA and the Moscow anti-doping laboratory subsequently suspended their activities, while WADA’s Board of Founders approved the decision of the agency’s Independent Committee that RUSADA did not comply with the Code of the international anti-doping organization.

The IAAF said at its Council meeting in November that a report prepared by the 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.

The WADA Independent Commission was set up and began its work 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.

Last August, 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.

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