Banned Russian athletes could learn fate in June


Russia is fighting to overturn a ban imposed on its track and field team by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after a WADA independent commission report found evidence of state-sponsored doping and mass corruption in Russian athletics.

The ministry says the experts will get “full and free access to all anti-doping operations”.

Petrova, who was named Bulgaria’s Athlete of the Year in December, pulled out of the world indoor championships in Portland, Oregon in March and is aiming to produce her best form and win a medal at the August 5-21 Rio Olympics.

The All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) was subsequently handed a list of criteria it would have to meet in order to see competitors allowed at the Games, and June’s meeting in Vienna provides the last chance to decide whether they have been successful.

These controls will be carried out by the IAAF and be in addition to existing anti-doping procedures.

Kenya’s Parliament has passed the country’s anti-doping bill into law as the country seeks to beat a world anti-doping agency deadline to prove it is doping compliant.

“The law is an important first and necessary step but still not sufficient”.

DFSNZ reported that since 2012, nearly 40 Kenyan athletes had failed doping tests.

“The president has signed and it’s the law”, said Kipchoge at Wednesday’s Virgin Money London Marathon media conference.

As a result, the WADA Independent Compliance Review Committee ruled that Kenya were not in compliance with the WADA code as a Government bill had not yet been passed with policies and ADAK rules not in place.

“So with athlete biological passport testing, which is proven to be the most effective method, we are determined to have a clean sport and one I think the public will support”.

In Sunday’s 36th London Marathon, the Kenyans are hoping there is no backlash against them from race-watchers given the focus on doping scandals in recent months.


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