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.