Demonising Justin Gatlin
13th September 2015
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has rejected applications from 18 Russians to compete internationally as Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANAs) and has approved applications from a further eleven. As the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) remains suspended by the IAAF, Russian athletes can compete internationally as an ANA if they can demonstrate:
• That they were not implicated or affected by Russian State doping;
• That they are a member of a Registered Testing Pool (RTP) and have been subject to adequate testing for the previous 12 months.
Included in RusAF’s full list detailing the 18 Russians that have been refused ANA status are Elena Lashmanova (Елена Лашманова), Anna Chicherova (Анна Чичерова), Ekaterina Zavyalova / Poistogova (Екатерина Завьялова / Поистогова) and Antonina Krivoshapka (Антонина Кривошапка). Lashmanova, who won Gold in the 20km race walk at the London 2012 Olympics, was pictured being trained by Viktor Chegin (Виктор Чёгин) at an April 2016 training session. RusAF sanctioned Chegin, a race walking coach who has trained over 20 athletes banned for doping, with a life ban in March of that year. However in April 2018, he was found to still be coaching athletes.
Chicherova won a Gold medal in the high jump at the London 2012 Olympics. In July 2016, she was sanctioned with a two year ban after her Beijing 2008 sample returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) in retests conducted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In October 2017, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected her appeal against the sanction.
In June this year, RusAF confirmed that its Vice President, Andrey Silnov (Андрей Сильнов), had voluntarily resigned after being investigated by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the IAAF due to a ‘possible breach of anti-doping rules’. Silnov was coached by Yevgeniy Zagorulko (Eвгений Загорулько), who also coached Chicherova.
Zavyalova / Poistogova won Bronze in the 800m at the London 2012 Olympics, which was later upgraded to Silver following the disqualification of Gold Medal winner Mariya Savinova (Мария Савинова). In 2017, the CAS confirmed she had been sanctioned with a two year ban from 24 August 2015 for use or attempted use of a prohibited substance.
Krivoshapka, who won Gold at the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships, lost a Silver Medal won in the 4x400m relay at the London 2012 Olympics after IOC retests discovered an AAF for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). She was later sanctioned with a two year ban, which expired on 6 September 2018.
The 11 approved athletes include Kseniya Aksyonova (Ксения Аксенова), who won Gold at the Kazan 2013 Universiade and as part of Russia’s 4x400m team at the Barcelona 2010 European Championships; Sardana Trofimova (Сардана Трофимова), who won the Moscow 2018 Marathon with a time of 2:28:31; and Konstantin Shabanov (Константин Шабанов), who won a Silver in the 110m hurdles at the Gwangju 2015 Universiade. The IAAF said that during 2019, 128 Russian athletes have been declared eligible as ANAs, while 58 applications have been rejected and one ANA status has been revoked. That athlete was Igor Obraztsova (Игоря Образцова), whose ANA status was revoked in May this year, after an investigation was launched against the sprinter by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) for a possible violation of anti-doping rules.
The IAAF’s Eligibility Rule 22.1A governs applications to compete as ANAs from athletes whose national federations have been suspended by the IAAF. Click here to download the IAAF’s Eligibility Rules. In December 2018, the IAAF updated its Guidance Note for athletes seeking to compete internationally as ANAs. Click here to download the Guidance Note, and click here to download an Application Form to compete as an ANA.
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