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Russia’s legendary pole vaulter Isinbayeva says likely to take charge of ARAF

August 05, 21:17 UTC+3 RIO DE JANEIRO
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said earlier in the day that the new ARAF president would be elected next month
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Yelena Isinbayeva

Yelena Isinbayeva

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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 5. /TASS/. Russia’s legendary pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, who is the two-time Olympic champion, told TASS on Thursday she was likely to put forward her candidacy for the post of the president of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF).

Earlier, a source close to the situation told TASS that Isinbayeva is pondering to submit her candidacy for the post of ARAF president.

"It is certainly still early to speak about such issue as me in charge of of ARAF," Isinbayeva said in an interview with TASS. "However, I do think about running for the post of the ARAF president."

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said earlier in the day that the new ARAF president would be elected next month.

ARAF was in the center of numerous doping scandals since last year and in November 2015 the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ruled to suspend the membership of the Russian body, thus closing the doors to all national track and field athletes to participation in all international competitions, including the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Isinbayeva, a triple world champion (2005, 2007 and 2013) having set a total of 28 world records, is currently considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time.

She was the first woman ever to clear the five-meter height jump having achieved the result in 2005. Her current outdoor record of 5.06 meters, set in August of 2009 in Zurich, remains unsurpassed. Her indoor world record of 5.01 meters, set in Stockholm in February 2012, remained unbeaten for over a year, when in March of 2013 US pole-vaulter, Jenn Suhr broke it with a 5.02-meter record to become the second female athlete to ever clear the five-meter mark.

The IAAF named Isinbayeva the Female Athlete of the Year in 2004, 2005 and 2008. In all, she has been champion on nine major occasions, which include champion titles at the Olympics, World Outdoor and Indoor, as well as European Outdoor and Indoor competitions.

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