Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 12th 2015 Contents But acting president Vadim Zelichenok
declined to comment on whether he con-
sidered the criteria to be fair.
"It doesn t matter what we think of them,
we have to comply with them," Zelichenok
said in a telephone interview. "Once we accept
that we ve been suspended, then we have to
return, and to return we have to fulfill these
criteria. It s all very simple."
The IAAF also fleshed out its previous
calls for reform of the Russian track federation,
which was accused of overseeing widespread
doping in last month s report by a World
Anti-Doping Agency commission.
The Russian federation must carry out its
own investigation into doping, including
interviewing any athlete who has represented
the national team in the last four years.
Evidence from whistleblowers, including
former national team runner Yulia Stepanova
and marathon runner Liliya Shobukhova,
was crucial to the WADA commission s
report, and the IAAF is pushing for reforms
to make it easier for athletes to give evidence
The Russian federation must create "a
mechanism for whistleblowing to the IAAF
or WADA," while athletes who fail doping
tests could be allowed to cut a deal with both
organisations for reduced punishment if they
provide evidence of other doping cases.
Russian athletes must also cut ties with
Sergei Portugalov, a doctor who has been
accused of supplying banned substances to
athletes, and stop cooperation with the
national training centre for race walking until
it is audited. More than 20 athletes from the
facility in the central city of Saransk have
tested positive for banned substances in
recent years. (AP)
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LAUSANNE---International sports federations say
they are ready to cooperate on the establishment
of an independent drug-testing body under the
control of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
IOC President Thomas Bach met yesterday with
Francesco Ricci Bitti, who heads the Association of
Summer Olympic International Federations, to discuss
issues of governance and anti-doping.
The IOC has announced plans for independent
audits of the money it provides to federations in the
wake of corruption scandals at FIFA and the IAAF.
The IOC also proposes taking drug-testing out of
the hands of the federations and setting up an inde-
pendent body under WADA control before the 2018
Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
ASOIF says Ricci Bitti offered "full support" for
the plan and the association will study how the fed-
erations can help fund the body.
The IOC says it will set up a steering group to
harmonise efforts on ensuring "good governance"
across the Olympic movement. (AP)
Roger Federer says he ll be teaming up with
Martina Hingis for Switzerland in mixed doubles
at next year s Rio Olympics.
Federer wrote yesterday on Twitter that he is
"really excited" about the pairing, and posted a
photo of the two tennis stars from what he said
was 15 years ago. Federer is 34, Hingis is 35.
Federer owns a record 17 Grand Slam singles
titles. He also owns two Olympic medals: silver
in singles at London in 2012, and gold in doubles
with Stan Wawrinka at Beijing in 2008.
Hingis owns 20 major titles---five in singles, 11
in women s doubles, four in mixed doubles---and
is a member of the International Tennis Hall of
Fame. She retired from singles but still competes
in doubles, winning women s and mixed titles at
the US Open in September. (AP)
MOSCOW---Russia has been told what it will take
to get its track and field athletes back in the Olympics,
and it entails extra doping tests.
The country s track federation was suspended last
month after it was accused of operating a state-spon-
sored doping programme. The suspension could keep
Russia out of next year s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,
but the IAAF said yesterday that even if the ban is
lifted athletes cannot be readmitted to international
competition without "at least three no-notice out-
There are extra requirements in place for endurance
events, which have seen dozens of Russians banned
for doping in recent years. Endurance athletes must
also give three samples to the biological passport pro-
With Russia s national drug-test agency and lab-
oratory also suspended for reportedly covering up
doping, all samples will be taken abroad for testing,
the IAAF said. No date was set as a target for Russia s
readmission, but the IAAF confirmed its delegation
would visit the country next month.
"The conditions we have announced leave no room
for doubt," IAAF President Sebastian Coe said in a
statement. "Russia must demonstrate verifiable change
across a range of criteria, and satisfy our taskforce
that those criteria will be met permanently."
The Russian track federation said yesterday it would
comply with any and all conditions set by the IAAF.
Russian track athletes face new
obstacles ahead of Olympics
Federations to work
with IOC on setting up
Federer to team with Hingis
in Rio's mixed doubles
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