MOSCOW, May 4. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has revoked the authorized neutral athlete status of five Russian race walkers, thus depriving them of the right to compete at the World Race Walking Team Championships set to be held in China’s Taicang on May 5-6, the IAAF said in a statement.
"The Russian Athletics Federation has been notified that the IAAF Doping Review Board has decided to revoke the Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) status granted to five race walkers: Klavdiya Afanasyeva, Olga Eliseeva, Yuliya Lipanova, Sergey Sharypov and Sergey Shirobokov," the statement reads.
"The decision has been made pending further investigation into a number of serious issues arising from their participation at the training camp in Karakol in the Kyrgyz Republic last month, including the involvement in Karakol of the coach, Viktor Chegin, who has been banned from the sport for life. These five athletes are not eligible to compete at the IAAF World Race Walking Team Championships in Taicang, China this weekend," the IAAF said, adding that "the competition organizers have been notified of this decision, so that these five athletes are removed from the start list."
According to the statement, "the Doping Review Board will review their status for future competitions in 2018, once it has received further information from RUSADA [the Russian Anti-Doping Agency] and the outcome of further investigations is known."
"The Doping Review Board have been assured that the two remaining ANAs entered for Taicang, Vasiliy Mizinov and Yana Smerdova, were not present at the training camp in Karakol. Consequently, these two athletes remain eligible to compete with ANA status including in Taicang," the IAAF added.
In 1995-2015, Chegin was the chief race walking coach at the Olympic Training Center in Russia’s Mordovia region. A number of athletes he had trained were stripped of international medals, including Olympic ones. In 2016, RUSADA issued a life ban to Chegin over numerous doping violations committed by his trainees.