Number of Russian doping cases a major concern: IAAF

Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:28am EST
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By Ken Ferris

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of Russian doping cases in athletics is a major concern, especially in race walking, the governing IAAF said on Wednesday after five walkers were banned by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

"As a result of these five new cases, a total of 23 elite Russian athletes have now been sanctioned under the IAAF Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program launched in 2009," the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said.

This compares to 37 athletes from all nations sanctioned in that period under the ABP program, the IAAF added.

On Tuesday, Olympic walk champions Valery Borchin, Sergei Kirdyapkin and Olga Kaniskina were suspended for doping. Russia's 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin and silver medalist Vladimir Kanaykin were also banned for failing doping tests.

The IAAF said it was investigating doping allegations in Russian athletics with the World Anti-Doping Agency's support.

"All athletes were caught under the IAAF ABP program although, as per IAAF Rules, the cases are sent to the Russian Federation (ARAF) for adjudication," the IAAF said.

"The IAAF is satisfied that we have found aggravating circumstances in all cases, as we requested when referring the case to the Russian authorities.

"As a result of these cases, major international titles will be redistributed, but not until the IAAF has received, and carefully analyzed, the full reasoned decision from ARAF to ensure they are in strict compliance with IAAF Rules," it added.   Continued...