Athletics: Shlyakhtin re-elected President of Russian federation
By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Dmitri Shlyakhtin was re-elected as President of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) on Friday after twice Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva withdrew her candidacy.
The 49-year-old Shlyakhtin received 36 votes, five more than rival Andrei Silnov, and will serve another four years in the post.
Isinbayeva, who Russian media reported had been the favorite to get the job, withdrew from the election after she was named as head of a new Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) Supervisory Council on Wednesday.
"I had to withdraw my candidacy because I was named as the head of the RUSADA Supervisory Council. This was to ensure that there would not be a conflict of interests," Isinbayeva told reporters.
Isinbayeva, 34, retired from athletics in August after Russia's track and field team were banned from competing at the Rio Olympics due to systematic doping in the country.
Shlyakhtin took over as interim president in January, nearly a year after Valentin Balakhnichev stepped down.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has banned Balakhnichev for life over his role in covering up positive drugs tests committed by Russian athletes.
Shlyakhtin initially said he would quit as ARAF chief at the end of 2016 due to a heavy workload but then decided to stand for election. He is also the sports minister of the Samara Region, chairman of Krylya Sovetov soccer club and vice president of Lada Togliatti ice hockey club. Continued...