Doha - Five Russian athletes have been ruled out of
competing at this weekend's World Race Walking Team Championships in China
after attending a training camp with banned coach Viktor Chegin, the IAAF
announced on Friday.
The IAAF said its Doping Review Board had decided to revoke
the Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) status granted to Klavdiya Afanasyeva,
Olga Eliseeva, Yuliya Lipanova, Sergey Sharypov and Sergey Shirobokov.
The decision was made "pending further investigation
into a number of serious issues arising from their participation at the
training camp in Karakol in the Kyrgyz Republic last month, including the
involvement in Karakol of the coach, Viktor Chegin, who has been banned from
the sport for life", the IAAF said.
It means the five athletes are not eligible for the World
Race Walking Team Championships that will be held on Saturday and Sunday in
"The Doping Review Board will review their status for
future competitions in 2018, once it has received further information from
RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency) and the outcome of further investigations
is known," the IAAF added.
Two Russian athletes competing as neutrals, Vasiliy Mizinov
and Yana Smerdova, were not present at the training camp in Karakol and will be
eligible for this weekend's championships.