Russia federation names acting chief after bans
Russia’s suspended athletics federation named an acting president yesterday, a day after the sport’s global governing body halted its reinstatement process and raised the possibility of it being expelled altogether. Yulia Tarasenko, a federation vice president, was named acting president after a presidium meeting in Moscow, replacing Dmitry Shlyakhtin, who was among the seven people provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit this week for serious breaches of anti-doping rules. “The mood is not very cheerful. The situation at the federation is very difficult,” Tarasenko, who also serves as the head of the athletics federation in Saint Petersburg, said. The Russia’s athletics federation was suspended in 2015 over a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency that found evidence of mass doping in the sport and had since been trudging towards reinstatement.