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High jumper Lysenko may be slapped with 8-year suspension, says Russian anti-doping chief

A case was opened against him at World Athletics in connection with the falsification of doping test documents

MOSCOW, May 28. /TASS/. Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko may face a suspension of up to eight-years from all sports-related activities, Yury Ganus, the director general of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), stated on Thursday.

"Danil Lysenko is an outstanding athlete and, according to experts, he is very talented judging by his previous results," Ganus said. "All steps taken by the previous executive management [of the All-Russia Athletics Federation or RusAF] led to the fact that he [Lysenko] would continue performing as an athlete only after an eight-year period."

аWorld Athletics, which was previously known as the International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF, suspended RusAF’s membership in late 2015 following a chain of doping abuse scandals in Russia’s track and field sports. The suspension of Russia’s governing athletics body has been ruled to remain in force 12 times since its introduction in 2015 with the most recent decision made on September 23, before the start of the 2019 World Championships in Qatar’s Doha on September 27-October 6.

The World Athletics Council announced on November 22, 2019 its decision to suspend RusAF’s reinstatement process based on charges brought by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). According to the World Athletics, the AIU charged RusAF on November 21, 2019 "with obstructing an investigation and provisionally suspended several senior federation officials for tampering and complicity."

The provisionally suspended senior officials at that time were then-President of RusAF Dmitry Shlyakhtin and three more high-ranking people from the federation for helping to falsify documents, which Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko presented as his excuse for skipping doping tests. Shlyakhtin and three officials at the issue submitted their letters of resignation on November 23.

On January 29, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) recommended World Athletics to consider an expulsion of RusAF from the list of its members in case the Russian side failed to provide evidence in the Lysenko case. The Russian side was advised to review the case once again and to come up with answers in regard to accusations on this issue.