17 June 2016

A timeline: allegations against the Russian Athletics Federation

Today, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) will consider whether the Russian athletics federation (RusAF) has done enough to be readmitted in time for the Rio 2016 Olympics. You can view the criteria that RusAF will be assessed on here; and an IAAF media conference is scheduled for 5pm (GMT+2), which can be viewed here.

Earlier today, the IAAF issued its own timeline, charting its responses to the allegations against RusAF. The timeline below is intended to be a more complete account, but it is not exhaustive – it is intended to focus particularly on issues that affect RusAF and as a result, some of the larger allegations concerning the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Moscow laboratory have been deliberately excluded, for brevity. All of the information features clickable links so that the allegations can be traced back to source.


6 July: Mail on Sunday investigation alleges systemic doping in Russian sport.


April: Andrey Baranov, agent to Russian runner Liliya Shobukhova, writes a signed affidavit to the IAAF detailing how Russian sport officials had colluded with IAAF officials to allow Shobukhova to compete at the London 2012 Olympics, despite a 2011 positive test.

25 August: RUSADA provisionally suspends RusAF race-walking coach Viktor Chegin

4 December: ARD’s first ‘Geheimsache doping’ documentary alleges systemic doping in Russian sport.

8 December: IAAF to investigate allegations of systemic Russian doping, RusAF considers legal action.

12 December: WADA confirms it will also investigate allegations of systemic Russian doping.


22 January: Sanctions issued to Russian race walkers criticised for allowing them to keep their medals.

17 February: IAAF confirms investigation into Viktor Chegin.

18 February: Valentin Balakhnichev resigns as President of RusAF.

17 June: Russia & Turkey head WADA’s 2013 list of total ADRVs.

20 July: RusAF bans race walking coach Viktor Chegin.

3 August: ARD’s second ‘Geheimscahe Doping: The Shadowy World of Athletics’ uncovers a blood database which it alleges shows that the IAAF has been ignoring doping.

6 August: Analysis suggests that Russian athletes have been getting slower in recent years.

9 November: WADA Independent Commission publishes first report, finding IAAF & RusAF conspired to hide Russian doping.

10 November: RusAF responds to WADA Independent Commission report.

11 November: The IAAF admits it has been investigating systemic Russian doping since April 2014.

13 November: IAAF provisionally suspends RusAF.

17 November: IAAF announces composition of inspection team to assess RusAF.

26 November: RusAF accepts IAAF ban.

11 December: IAAF publishes reinstatement conditions that RusAF must fulfil.

16 December: Moscow court accepts RusAF’s defamation claim against ARD in relation to the first two documentaries produced alleging systemic doping in Russia.


7 January: IAAF bans RusAF officials for involvement in attempts to extort money from athletes in order to cover up positive doping tests. Also finds that RusAF staff colluded in order to give the same evidence.

13 January: Letters sent by the IAAF show that it had concerns about systemic Russian doping in 2009.

15 January: The second WADA Independent Commission report finds further collusion between IAAF & RusAF staff to delay doping positives or wipe them completely.

9 February: IAAF publishes list of over 4,000 Russians who are ineligible for international competition whilst RusAF is suspended.

29 February: UKAD begins testing athletes in Russia.

7 March: ARD’s third documentary ‘Geheimscahe Doping: Russia’s Red Herrings’ finds banned coaches, still listed on the RusAF internet site, are continuing to train athletes and supply them with prohibited substances.

11 March: IAAF finds Russia has not done enough to be readmitted, postponing its decision.

31 March: Eleven of 38 athletes disqualified by the IAAF for doping at London 2012 are from Russia.

24 March: CAS upholds IAAF appeal against ‘selective’ sanctions issued to Russian race walkers.

4 April: Russian race walkers appeal to President Vladimir Putin to ‘restore the good name’ of banned coach Viktor Chegin. Signatories include four race walkers coached by Chegin returning from bans.

9 May: Vitaly Stepanov alleges the Vice President of RusAF offered him a bribe to cover up a positive test.

25 May: Fourteen Russians are among the 31 retrospective positives following IOC retests of samples taken at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

25 May: RusAF amends selection criteria so that athletes ‘recently’ convicted of doping cannot be named in Rio 2016 team.

27 May: IOC admits it is discussing how athletes from ‘contaminated’ federations might compete in Rio 2016.

31 May: Eight of the 23 athletes testing positive following IOC retests of samples taken at London 2012 are from Russia.

9 June: ARD’s fourth ‘Geheimsache Doping: Showdown for Russia’ alleges that banned coaches are still operating within Russia, apparently (Viktor Chegin) under state protection; and that Olympic training events are being held in closed Russian cities, where access is severely restricted.

15 June: WADA report lists a catalogue of failings within the Russian ani-doping system, including that championships falling under RusAF jurisdiction are being held in closed Russian cities.

20 June: RusAF announces that it will appeal the IAAF decision not to re-instate it.

4 July: CAS confirms it has received a request to arbitrate a dispute between the IAAF, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 Russian athletes.

21 July: CAS rejects the request for arbitration filed by the ROC and the 68 athletes, plus the appeal filed by 67 of the athletes against the IAAF decision to consider them eligible for Rio 2016.

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