Is­in­bayeva urges IAAF to reach com­pro­mise on Rus­sia ban

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The In­ter­na­tional Association of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF) must re­in­state Rus­sia as soon as pos­si­ble to pre­vent the coun­try’s ath­letes from stag­nat­ing, Rus­sian Anti-Dop­ing Agency (RUSADA) chair Ye­lena Is­in­bayeva has said.

The Rus­sian Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion was banned in Novem­ber 2015 af­ter an in­de­pen­dent World Anti-Dop­ing Agency (WADA) study ex­posed wide­spread state-spon­sored dop­ing and the IAAF con­firmed last week that the ban will run into next year.

“I want to be­lieve soon they will find a com­pro­mise. We have done ev­ery­thing they asked-we did it even be­fore Rio 2016,” the Rus­sian for­mer pole vaulter told in­sid­e­thegames.biz, a sports web­site fo­cused on the Olympic Move­ment.

“I hope soon that we can com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally oth­er­wise we will have no chance to de­velop the sport in Rus­sia, we lose vis­i­bil­ity oth­er­wise,” the dou­ble Olympic cham­pion and world record holder added. The sus­pen­sion was up­held fol­low­ing an ap­peal ear­lier this year, rul­ing all but one Rus­sian track and field ath­lete, long-jumper Darya Klishina, out of the Rio Olympics.

“We must find a so­lu­tion as the worst thing has hap­pened al­ready-we missed the Olympic Games. Rus­sia must be al­lowed back,” the 34-year-old Is­in­bayeva said.

“A line needs to be drawn un­der the sit­u­a­tion, oth­er­wise it could go on for years.” In the lat­est blow to the coun­try, an in­de­pen­dent WADA re­port said on Fri­day that more than 1,000 Rus­sian com­peti­tors across more than 30 sports were in­volved in an in­sti­tu­tional con­spir­acy to con­ceal pos­i­tive drug tests.

Is­in­bayeva, who also won three world cham­pi­onship golds and set 28 world records, also lashed out at IAAF Pres­i­dent Se­bas­tian Coe and called for any dop­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions to be ex­panded glob­ally. “How could IAAF con­sider ath­letes who have been sus­pended twice for dop­ing clean and al­low them to com­pete while I was not?” Is­in­bayeva said in a sep­a­rate in­ter­view with French sports daily L’Equipe, re­fer­ring to Amer­i­can sprinter Justin Gatlin.

“When Coe asked my sup­port at the be­gin­ning of his cam­paign to be­come IAAF pres­i­dent, I gave it to him with­out ask­ing ques­tions. Then he put me on the list with ev­ery­one else. “He did not take into con­sid­er­a­tion who I am, my his­tory, the ab­sence of doubts (on my per­for­mances)... Se­bas­tian Coe has had no re­spect for me and it hurt me.

“Yes, Rus­sia is poi­soned by dop­ing... but to fo­cus the in­ves­ti­ga­tions on one coun­try is a po­lit­i­cal act. I hope that Mr McLaren’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion will be ex­tended world­wide.”

As well as her role with RUSADA, Is­in­bayeva was elected as a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) Ath­letes’ Com­mis­sion dur­ing Rio 2016 and has also been ap­pointed to the Ex­ec­u­tive Board of the Rus­sian Olympic Com­mit­tee. —Reuters

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