Yelena Isinbaeva to run for Russian Athletics Federation presidency

Yelena Isinbaeva is among four candidates to register for an election to choose a new president of the All-Russian Athletics Federation.

Reuters November 11, 2016 14:08:23 IST
Yelena Isinbaeva to run for Russian Athletics Federation presidency

Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbaeva is among four candidates to register for an election to choose a new president of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF), the organisation said on its official website.

Yelena Isinbaeva to run for Russian Athletics Federation presidency

File image of Yelena Isinbayeva. AFP

Isinbaeva, 34, was among 67 Russian athletes ruled out of this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) after a World Anti-Doping Agency report uncovered systematic state-sponsored doping in Russia.

Russian athletes were banned in November 2015 from competing in international competitions and the new ARAF chief's main task will be to try to lift the suspension. Isinbaeva has said she will never forgive the IAAF for imposing the ban.

Russian media say Isinbaeva, who won gold at the Athens and Beijing Games, is the frontrunner for the job.

The other candidates are current president Dmitri Shlyakhtin, who has headed ARAF since January, its general secretary Mikhail Butov and the 2008 Olympics high jump champion Andrei Silnov, the website www.rusathletics.com said.

This list is now final as the deadline for registering was 9 November. The election will take place in Moscow on 9 December.

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