Dmitry Shlyakhtin, the president of the Russian track and field federation, has resigned two days after he was accused of obstructing an anti-doping investigation using fake medical documents
Dmitry Shlyakhtin, the president of the Russian track and field federation, has resigned two days after he was accused of obstructing an anti-doping investigation using fake medical documents.
Shlyakhtin told an emergency federation conference in Moscow that he is stepping down. He was already provisionally suspended pending a full hearing on the charges from the Athletics Integrity Unit.
Shlyakhtin took office in January 2016 pledging to overturn Russias suspension from international track events due to widespread doping. Nearly four years later the suspension is still in place.
On Friday night, the chances of the Russian flag flying at next years Olympics had taken a potentially lethal hit when anti-doping regulators recommended the country be declared noncompliant for tampering with data that was supposed to help bring the entire cheating episode to a close.
The World Anti-Doping Agency announced its compliance and review committee delivered the recommendation to the agencys executive committee, which will discuss it on 9 December. If the executive committee agrees to declare Russias anti-doping agency, Rusada, noncompliant, it will set in motion a process that could end with Russia being barred from the Tokyo Games.
This marks the latest chapter in a scandal that began before the 2014 Sochi Games, when Russian officials designed a scheme to allow their athletes to dope without getting caught by substituting urine samples taken after competition with clean ones stored earlier.
Under rules written in the aftermath of that scheme, the Russians could appeal any sanction to the court of arbitration for sport. The International Olympic Committee would have to abide by the decisions from Wada or the court, though its president, Thomas Bach, said earlier this week he was not in favour of a total ban.