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Russian Athletics Woe Deeping As It’s President Resigned

Russian Athletics woe seems to be getting to crescendo as it’s six months old president resigned.

Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) President Yevgeny Yurchenko has resigned after the organisation missed a deadline to pay a fine to World Athletics. 

Yurchenko has quit after less than six months in the role after the organisation failed to meet a deadline for a $6.31 million (£5 million/€5.6 million) fine, part of the reinstatement criteria following the nation’s doping scandal.

In a statement announcing his resignation, Yurchenko said he hoped the future leadership of RusAF would be able to resolve the crisis.

“I hope that the newly elected head of the All-Russian Athletics Federation will be able to move forward in resolving almost five-year difficulties in relations with World Athletics, and will also ensure that sufficient funding is raised for the development of the Federation,” he said.  

World Athletics had fined RusAF $10 million (£8 million/€9 million) in March, in lieu of expelling the suspended organisation outright.

Half of the fine was due at the start of this month, as well as $1.31 million (£1 million/€1.1 million) in various costs.

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