Rus­sia fed­er­a­tion names act­ing chief af­ter bans

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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.

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