Russian athlete says nation unfair goal in doping scandal

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MOSCOW (Information) – Russian excessive jumper Ilya Ivanyuk, bronze medalist at this 12 months’s world championships, believes his nation is being unfairly scrutinized for doping, a problem he mentioned existed everywhere in the world.

Russia finds itself on the point of a four-year Olympic ban after the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) discovered Moscow had tampered with laboratory information it handed over earlier this 12 months.

WADA’s government committee will rule on the sanctions suggestions, which additionally embrace barring Russia from internet hosting some main worldwide sporting occasions for a four-year interval, in Paris on Dec. 9.

“There is no such thing as a smoke with out fireplace, however I believe we nonetheless have come below an excessive amount of stress,” Ivanyuk advised Information on Saturday. “Why is there such emphasis on us? We are able to’t be forgiven any mistake.”

Ivanyuk pointed to feedback by Travis Tygart, the CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Company, who mentioned this week that Russia’s tampering of laboratory information was meant “to make it inconceivable to substantiate whether or not any clear Russian athletes truly exist.”

“They need to deal with themselves and take a look at their very own athletes,” the 26-year-old Ivanyuk mentioned, referring to American doping controversies, together with missed exams by Christian Coleman, world champion within the 100 meters.

Coleman denies ever taking performance-enhancing medicine.

So as to add to the turmoil in Russian sport, the nation’s athletics federation, which has been suspended since 2015 over mass doping, noticed its president and 6 different officers provisionally suspended final week for severe breaches of anti-doping guidelines.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, the physique overseeing integrity in international athletics, mentioned they’d offered false explanations and solid paperwork to clarify three whereabouts violations by Russian excessive jumper Danil Lysenko, the silver medalist on the 2017 world championships.

This led World Athletics, the game’s worldwide governing physique previously often known as the IAAF, to halt Russia’s reinstatement course of.

“When all this unhealthy information began to seem, I used to be involved,” Ivanyuk mentioned. “I had a couple of sleepless nights.”

Beneath the WADA suggestions some Russians with out a historical past of doping could possibly be cleared to compete in main worldwide occasions as neutrals, as was the case on the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Ivanyuk mentioned he nonetheless hoped to see the Russian tricolor on the Tokyo Olympics subsequent 12 months.

“I can’t have an effect on the scenario,” he mentioned. “All I can do is prepare and preserve making ready for the sudden.”

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Mikhail Antonov; Modifying by Ken Ferris