On February 8, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) published a list of Russian athletes banned from international competitions for the duration of the suspension of All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) membership in the world’s governing body of field and track athletics, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to TASS.
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, Sergei Shubenkov) as well as athletes suspended over doping-related issues (Valery Borchin, Sergei Kirdyapkin, Olga Kaniskina, Sergei Bakulin, Vladimir Kanaikin, Lilia Shobukhova, Yevgeniya Zolotova).
The list was prepared based on the information provided by the ARAF. The IAAF, however, reported on that the provided list of names was not final and could be a subject to changes.
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.
Experts say it is highly possible that Russian national athletics teams will be suspended from the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil this year.
It should be recalled that in November 2015, an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has found that Russia was involved in state-sponsored doping and recommended that Russian athletes to be suspended from Olympic Games of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
According to a released report, Russia took part in a systemic, and state-sponsored doping program for several years, including in the run-up to the Sochi Games.
In mid-November 2015, Russia’s European Champion 2014 in race walking Elmira Alembekova has received notification of a positive reaction control sample “B” from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).