29th June 2018

Russia reminds athletes not to work with banned coaches

The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has sent out a reminder to athletes not to work with banned coaches. The reminder lists Viktor Chegin, Vladimir Kazarin, and Dr. Sergey Portugalov as being subject to lifetime bans. It also lists Vladimir Mokhnev, the former coach of athlete and whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova, as being subject to a ten year ban expiring in 2026, and former race walker Yevgeniy Yevsyukov as being subject to a four year ban expiring in 2020. 

It also lists Athletics coach Lyudmila Fedoriva as being subject to a four year ban expiring in 2020. Fedoriva’s daughter Alexandra was part of the Beijing 2008 4x100m relay team that was stripped of its gold medal, after Yuliya Chermoshanskaya was sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for doping.

Also listed is Viktor Kolesnikov, who was Director of the Mordovian race walking centre in Saransk when it was headed by Chegin. Kolesnikov was sanctioned with a four year ban in 2014 – before Chegin was banned in July 2015 – which will expire this August. It is understood that he was found in possession of prohibited substances. In May this year, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) revoked the neutral status of five race walkers after it found that they had worked with Chegin.

The final listing is Valery Volkov, who was sanctioned with a four year ban for ‘complicity’ in October 2017. His ban will expire in August 2021.

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