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World Athletics approves six Russians to compete as neutral athletes

The World Athletics Doping Review Board (DRB) has agreed that the applications of six (6) Russian athletes have met the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in international competition as neutral athletes (ANA) under eligibility rule 3.2 while the Russian National federation (RusAF) remains suspended.

In approving these six applications, the Doping Review Board noted that, according to World Athletics’ decision of 1 March 2022, all athletes, support personnel and officials from Russia were excluded from all World Athletics Series events for the foreseeable future as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Furthermore, the Wanda Diamond League subsequently took the decision to exclude Russian athletes from competing in its meetings. In addition, the Doping Review Board understands that individual organisers of the Continental Tour are not inviting Russian athletes to their meetings.

Furthermore, in December 2022, World Athletics advised the Russian Athletics Federation that the 2022 ANA process would continue until such time as the World Athletics Council decides otherwise.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the DRB considered and approved the following applications under rule 3.2 of the eligibility rules for exceptional eligibility to compete in international competitions until the World Athletics Council Meeting in March 2023 as a Neutral Athlete, to the extent such competitions are open to athletes from Russia.

Furthermore, any athlete who was granted ANA status for the 2022 season may continue to compete until Council’s decision.

The six athletes who have now met the exceptional eligibility criteria are:

Nikita Anishchenkov           (high jump)
Artem Chermoshanskiy       (long jump)
Maksim Pianzin (Pyanzin)  (race walking)
Nikita Kurbanov                   (high jump)
Danil Chechela                     (long jump)
Marina Kovaleva                  (long distance)

Eliud Kipchoge: We are not serious in fighting Doping

Double Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has called on the athletics stakeholders to handle the doping menace properly in the country.

Speaking in Iten during the Iten International Marathon over the weekend, the world marathon record holder in 2:001.09 said that running has no short cut and athletes should use the right process of training and working hard towards their goals.

“All athletes should trust the process, have the right systems and you would get what you have been training for”, said Kipchoge.

As one of the best marathoners of all times, winning 17 out of 19 he has run so far, who has on many occasions defied human limits, took also the issue with coaches and camps that have not been registered and are also managed by people that are not known or their data captured anywhere.

“If we are serious about doping, which I know we are not serious, if we are, then all coaches and training camps should be registered and people running them known. This is the only way we shall know the people who are in every camp and those who manages them,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by three time world half marathon champion Geoffrey Kamworor who was the race ambassador, who said, “Athletes should be patient and work hard towards achieving their life time goals but not to use banned substance for quick money.”

World Athletics Council recently spared Kenya from global competition partly because the Kenyan government has pledged to spend Kshs 500m per year to combat the problem.

“I know the Kenyan government feels this has been a disfiguring period in what should have been a Herculean period for Kenyan athletics,” Sebastian Coe said. “But I’m really delighted, because actually, all the stakeholders that matter, both domestically and internationally, are now aligned in coming together to really do everything we can to resolve this situation.”

Kenya is among four countries included in Category A – member federations the World Athletics believe are most likely to have doping problems – along with Ethiopia, Belarus, hosts of next year’s European Games, and Ukraine and this has subjected its athletes to increased testing in the last ten months leading up to a major event to be eligible.

Kenya Government Declares full scale War on Doping

The Kenyan Government has moved in with speed on the fight against doping after the leniency by the World Athletics Council of not suspending the country from active athletics events.

The Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Ababu Namwamba, said the government wants the resources it deploys to the Athletics Kenya and the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) for testing, investigating and enforcement issues across the spectrum be used in taking decisive action against doping.

The Cabinet Secretary who was addressing the media at the at Maktaba House on Thursday, thanked the World Athletics and Athletics Integrity Unit for allowing Kenya the chance to freely race and participate in international events.

“We want to bring in all the stake holders that include the public, athletes, coaches, agents, managers and athletes’ managements to fight this war which we will win by all means. We will also partner with investigative and Judicial agencies, so that they can prosecute and jail the culprits. This a war we must win and we will,” said Ababu.

Accompanied the CS during the presser were Athletics Kenya President, Jack Tuwei, Athletics Kenya Chief Administrative Officer, Susan Kamau, Athletes Representative, Milcah Chemos with athletes Mary Moraa, Maximillla Imali and Dan Kiviasi.

This announcement follows what the World Athletics said yesterday that they have let Kenya be but they will be closely watching the country.

‘World Athletics has been concerned,’ said Sebastian Coe. ‘Kenya has been on the watch list for a few years already.

The World Athletics president who was speaking in Rome said, “In one year 40 per cent of all the positive tests in global athletics have been in Kenya and this is not a situation that World Athletics was prepared to sit and watch develop”.

The country has been in panic for the last few weeks that they would be blacklisted in the style of Russia by World Athletics, given that the country has 55 athletes who are serving the doping bans.

World Athletics Council: Forty percent of Global Dopers are from Kenya

The World Athletics Council spared Kenya from being banned from active competitions by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) due to rampant doping problem in the country.

World Athletics President Seb Coe said reports about a possible full-scale ban for the country were misguided, and that increased funding and vigilance from the Kenyan government and the pledge of investing $5 million per year into anti-doping efforts over the next five years, persuaded authorities to stop short of the most radical sanctions.

‘World Athletics has been concerned,’ said Coe. ‘Kenya has been on the watch list for a few years already.

The country has been in panic for the last few weeks that they would be blacklisted in the style of Russia by World Athletics, given that the country has 55 athletes who are serving the doping bans.

The World Athletics president who was speaking in Rome said, “In one year 40 per cent of all the positive tests in global athletics have been in Kenya and this is not a situation that World Athletics was prepared to sit and watch develop.”

Athletics Integrity Unit Chairman David Howman (right) and AIU Head Brett Clothier addressing the World Athletics Council meeting in Rome, Italy. Photo: AIU

All stakeholders internationally and domestically are now aligned to resolve this situation and I am pleased we have a united response. But my instinct tells me it will be a long journey.’ He said.

Kenya is among four countries included in Category A – member federations the World Athletics believe are most likely to have doping problems – along with Ethiopia, Belarus, hosts of next year’s European Games, and Ukraine and this has subjected its athletes to increased testing in the last ten months leading up to a major event to be eligible. “I know the Kenyan government feels this has been a disfiguring period in what should have been a Herculean period for Kenyan athletics,” Coe said. “But I’m really delighted, because actually, all the stakeholders that matter, both domestically and internationally, are now aligned in coming together to really do everything we can to resolve this situation.”

Kenya Survives the World Athletics Ban

World Athletics Council has said that Kenya would not be banned by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after the interference of the Kenyan Government

World Athletics president Seb Coe made the announcement in Monaco immeadiately after the council meeting where he categorically stated that AIU will continue monitoring the Kenya after the Government commitment of over 5 million dollars towards the fight against doping.

World Athletics president said, “As WA, we have been concerned with situation in Kenya with the high numbers of positive cases which constitute to 40 percent of global athletes coming from Kenya.”

“We are happy with what the Kenyan Government has done after committing money that will help to fight the vice. It was of great importance that the government came in to save the situation and we will continue to follow the progress,” he said.

 

Faith Kipyegon nominated for World Female Athlete of the Year

Double Olympic 1500m champion, Faith Kipyegon has been nominated for the 2022 World Female Athlete of the Year Gala Award that will be held in December.

Kipyegon was named by the World Athletics as they released the 10 nominees for the 2022 World Female Athlete of the Year.

Kenya will be banking on the two times World 1500m champion, Kipyegon who has had an illustrious year.

The 27 year-old missed the 1500m world record by just three-tenths of a second and went ahead to claim the Diamond league title for the third time.

The nominations reflect some of the standout performances achieved at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22, World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade 22, one-day meeting circuits and other events around the world.

Below are the 2022 nominees for Women’s World Athlete of the Year (in alphabetical order):

Tobi Amusan, NGR
– World 100m hurdles champion
– Diamond League, Commonwealth and African 100m hurdles champion
– Set a world 100m hurdles record of 12.12

Chase Ealey, USA
– World shot put champion and world indoor shot put silver medallist
– Diamond League shot put champion
– Threw a world-leading 20.51m

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, JAM
– World 100m champion, claiming a fifth gold medal in the event
– Diamond League 100m champion
– Ran a world-leading 10.62 among her record seven sub-10.70 100m races of the season

Kimberly Garcia, PER
– World 20km race walk champion to win Peru’s first-ever World Athletics Championships medal
– World 35km race walk champion in a South American record to complete a race walk double
– World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships 20km bronze medallist

Shericka Jackson, JAM
– World 200m champion
– Diamond League 200m champion
– Ran a world-leading 21.45 to move to second on the world all-time list

Faith Kipyegon, KEN
– World 1500m champion
– Diamond League 1500m champion
– Ran a world-leading Kenyan record of 3:50.37, just three-tenths of a second off the world record

Yaroslava Mahuchikh, UKR
– World indoor high jump champion and world high jump silver medallist
– European high jump champion
– Jumped a world-leading 2.05m, equalling the outdoor national best

Sydney McLaughlin, USA
– World 400m hurdles and 4x400m champion
– Broke the world 400m hurdles record with 51.41 at the US Championships
– Further improved the world record to 50.68 to win the world title

Shaunae Miller-Uibo, BAH
– World 400m champion
– World indoor 400m champion
– NACAC 400m champion

Yulimar Rojas, VEN
– World indoor and outdoor triple jump champion
– Diamond League triple jump champion
– Improved her world record to 15.74m in Belgrade

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the World Athletics social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.

The World Athletics Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the World Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.

Voting for the World Athletes of the Year closes at midnight on Monday 31 October. At the conclusion of the voting process, five women and five men finalists will be announced by World Athletics.

The winners will be revealed on World Athletics’ social media platforms in early December.

Further information about the World Athletics Awards 2022 will be announced in the coming weeks.

World Indoors postponed to 2025

World Athletics Council has decided to postpone the World Athletics Indoor Championships that was to be held in Nanjing,  in 2023 to 2025 due to the pandemic restrictions in China.

The WA council has postponed it for third time because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place in 2025, 40 years after the inaugural edition in Paris.

The championships were scheduled to take place in 2020 but were pushed back to 2021 and then 2023. They will now occur five years after the initial date.

World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said the early decision was “to give certainty to athletes and member federations preparing for the 2023 competition season.”

“Unfortunately, the time frame will prevent us from relocating the 2023 event,” Coe said, “but the indoor championships will return in 2024 in Glasgow.”

Russian athlete wins Comrades Marathon after the Court battle

Russia’s Aleksandra Morozova took the top honors in the grueling 95th edition of the Comrades Marathon which is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon, held on Sunday (28) in Durban, South Africa.

The 32 year-old who successfully challenged the race organisers in the court after the World Athletics Council had recommended her exclusion as part of the ban on Russian athletes from international events over the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Morozova who finished second in 2019 and third in 2018 put aside her court issues and took on the challenge of the 90km race as she maneuvered through the eastern hills of the country and winning the race in a time of 6:17.48

Poland’s Dominkia Stelmach came in second with South Africa’s Adele Broodryk finishing in third place.

Morozova pocketed $15,000 prize money.

World Athletics seeks Nationality Review Panel

World Athletics is seeking applicants for its Nationality Review Panel.

The Panel’s primary role is to decide if an athlete can represent a Member Federation based on eligibility rules and regulations criteria.

The Panel reviews and makes decisions following applications submitted by Member Federations concerning either the eligibility of an athlete to represent a Member Federation or the transfer of allegiance of an athlete from one Member Federation to another.

The Panel consists of a pool of nine members, from which three members are chosen by the Chairperson to consider the applications received from Member Federations. World Athletics now seeks applications for four positions on the Panel for appointment by the World Athletics Council in July 2022. The appointment will be for a period of four years, ending July 2026.

The Chairperson and members of the Panel will collectively have experience in the areas of governance and being on a decision-making body. Successful candidates will be appointed primarily for their qualifications and expertise. As all members will be bound by the Integrity Code of Conduct, applicants must have impeccable integrity. Shortlisted applicants will also be vetted in accordance with the World Athletics Vetting Rules.

Experience of dealing with eligibility and/or transfers of athletes within athletics or other sports bodies is a bonus.

Position description and details of how to apply: English | French

All applicants should also review the Vetting Rules. Applications should be emailed to nominations.panel@worldathletics.org by no later than 23:59 (CET) on 20 May 2022.

World Athletics Council prolongs suspension of Russia

The World Athletics Council has recommended the Congress of the global governing body of track and field athletics to prolong the membership suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) until all reinstatement requirements are met, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said on Wednesday.

Addressing the World Athletics Congress meeting on Wednesday, Coe said that the organization’s Council recommended earlier the 53rd Congress “to maintain the suspension of RusAF’s membership until all the agreed conditions” were implemented.

World Athletics and RusAF

World Athletics, suspended RusAF’s membership in November 2015, following a wave of anti-doping rules violations and formed a special mission on the issue. World Athletics, however, allowed clean athletes from Russia to participate in international tournaments under the neutral status or the Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) until the membership of the RusAF is reinstated. The ANA status prohibited Russian athletes from participating in all international track and field tournaments under the national flag.

The World Athletics Council announced on November 22, 2019 its decision to extend the suspension of RusAF’s reinstatement process, based on charges brought by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). According to World Athletics, the AIU charged RusAF on November 21, 2019 “with obstructing an investigation and provisionally suspended several senior federation officials for tampering and complicity.”

The provisionally suspended senior officials at that time were then-President of RusAF Dmitry Shlyakhtin and several more high-ranking people from the federation for helping to falsify documents, which Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko presented as his excuse for skipping doping tests.

In March 2020, the World Athletics Council ruled to fine RusAF $5 million for an alleged involvement of the previous executive administration’s attempt to forge official documents of high jumper Danil Lysenko. RusAF repaid the fine on August 12, 2020.

Source: tass.com