MOSCOW (AP) — Russia named three world champions on its 10-strong athletics crew for the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday underneath guidelines limiting the scale of its squad due to a long-running doping dispute.
Three-time excessive leap world champion Mariya Lasitskene is joined by pole vault world champion Anzhelika Sidorova and 2015 world 110-meter hurdles champion Sergei Shubenkov. 5 extra of the squad have gained world championship medals.
The entire 10 have “licensed impartial athlete” standing from World Athletics after present process vetting of their data of drug testing.
The Russian Athletics Federation has been suspended from World Athletics since 2015, when an investigation revealed doping was widespread. Plans to elevate the suspension have been delayed in 2019 when RUSAF officers drew up faux paperwork to provide an athlete an alibi for lacking a doping take a look at. That case drew the ire of World Athletics and led to bans for 5 senior officers together with a former president.
World Athletics capped the Russian Olympic crew at 10 athletes final yr. Utilizing quota limits to punish nations for doping is uncommon, however not distinctive to trace and subject. Greater than a dozen main weightlifting nations could have limits on their groups on the Tokyo Olympics as that sport tries to scrub up its personal steroid-tainted previous.
Russia is competing underneath the acronym “ROC” for the Russian Olympic Committee on the Tokyo Olympics in all sports activities due to a Court docket of Arbitration for Sport ruling final yr on doping laboratory knowledge which the court docket discovered was manipulated whereas in storage in Moscow. The Russia title, flag and anthem are banned.
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