BIG BLOW FOR RUS­SIA

The Asian Age - - Games -

Paris, July 3: World Ath­let­ics an­nounced on Thurs­day that the pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion of the process of al­low­ing Rus­sian ath­letes to re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion af­ter the coun­try’s ath­let­ics fed­er­a­tion (RusAF) failed to pay a fine for break­ing dop­ing rules.

RusAF had un­til July 1 to send the global body a $5 mil­lion (4.45 mil­lion euro) fine and $1.31 mil­lion in other costs fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions it had helped 2017 world high jump sil­ver medal­list Danil Ly­senko avoid a sanc­tion for fail­ing to com­ply with anti-dop­ing mea­sures.

“We recog­nise these are dif­fi­cult times, but we are very dis­ap­pointed by the lack of progress made by RusAF in terms of the re­quire­ments set in March,” World Ath­let­ics pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe said.

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