fredag 21 november 2008

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... och äntligen ser vi en reaktion från IAAF som nu är på kollisionkurs med Ryska förbundet. Ni kommer väl ihåg vår blogg// "Retroaktiv Reaktion och Reaktionärt Hanterande" //Publ. 21 oktober Dopingdebatt 2008.

IAAF on collision course with Russia over length of doping bans handed out to athletes The International Association of Athletics Federations are set to challenge the length and the timing of the bans handed out to top Russian athletes who were found to have committed doping violations ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

By Tom Knight// Last Updated: 8:05PM GMT 20 Nov 2008

The athletes include middle distance runners Yelena Soboleva, Svetlana Cherkasova, Yulia Fomenko and Tatyana Tomashova as well as hammer thrower Gulfiya Khanafeyeva and the European discus champion, Darya Pishchalnikova.There have been 16 Russian athletes penalised for doping offences in recent months but those under the spotlight in Monte Carlo were part of a group of seven found guilty of manipulating urine tests following a year-long under-cover operation using DNA analysis by the IAAF.Their absence from the Olympics was a major coup for the IAAF but the world governing body were understood to have been astonished by the Russian federation's decision to punish the violations with two-year bans backdated to April and May 2007.
This would enable the athletes to compete at next summer's world championships in Berlin and, according to a source close to the IAAF, is considered "totally unacceptable".A meeting of the IAAF Council, which starts in Monte Carlo, is expected to rule that the bans will be challenged.Having long since abandoned its own costly arbitration process, the IAAF will take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.The challenge to the Russian punishments will ask for the bans to be further backdated by at least another year, to when the doping violation was first committed.It could also push for the ban to be four years because of the seriousness of the offence.The IAAF, who will introduce four-year bans for serious doping violations when the new World Anti-Doping Agency code comes into force in January, will not want to see the Russian athletes competing again until August 2010.The IAAF Council will also hear the result of their president Lamine Diack's recent meeting with the International Olympic Committee president, Jacques Rogge.The pair had much to talk about following their public disagreement over the future of London's Olympic stadium.The Council meeting comes as the world's top athletes, a host of legends and the Olympic champions convene in the principality for the end-of-year gala dinner on Sunday Nov 23.Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who won three gold medals with three world records in Beijing is the favourite to be crowned male athlete of the year and win the performance of the year trophy.The shortlist for the female athlete of the year award includes Tirunesh Dibaba, Yelena Isinbayeva and Pamela Jelimo.

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