Athletics

Bubka confirms he will stand against Coe to become IAAF President

By Duncan Mackay

Sergey Bubka has announced that he is to stand for the Presidency of the IAAF ©Sergey BubkaSergey Bubka today officially confirmed that he will stand to replace Lamine Diack as President of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), pitting him against Britain's Sebastian Coe.

Another Russian Olympic champion accused of doping - with IAAF verdict imminent

By Nick Butler

London 2012 Olympic steeplechase champion Yulia Zaripova has become the latest Russian embroiled in a doping scandal ©AFP/Getty ImagesA high-profile Russian athlete has been embroiled in yet another doping crisis, with 3,000 meters steeplechase champion Yulia Zaripova having been absent from competition since 2013 over irregularities in her biological passport. 

Ethiopian double at Dubai Marathon but Bekele forced to withdraw

By Nick Butler

Aselefech Mergia Medessa and Lemi Berhanu secured an Ethiopian double at the Dubai Marathon ©Getty ImagesLemi Berhanu and Aselefech Mergia secured an Ethiopian double at the Dubai Marathon, but compatriot Kenenisa Bekele's bid to continue his road running rise faltered after he failed to finish the gruelling 26.2 mile tester.

Head coach of Russian athletics team resigns amid doping crisis

By Paul Osborne

Valentin Maslakov has resigned from his position as head coach of Russian athletics ©Moscow2013Valentin Maslakov, head coach of the Russian athletics team, has resigned from his role amid a series of doping scandals that have plagued the world's largest country over recent years.

New Russian Government post to be introduced to tackle doping crisis

By Nick Butler

Vitaly Mutko, pictured during Sochi 2014, has revealed the new Government position to tackle doping ©AFP/Getty ImagesA new Government ministerial position is to be introduced specifically to combat doping in Russia, as crisis levels deepened even further today following accusations a race walker serving a life ban is being employed as a national coach.

Tallent calls for blanket ban on Russians as IAAF expresses "major concern" over doping

By Mike Rowbottom

Australia's Jaryd Tallent has called for Russian athletes to be banned following the latest round of doping bans, and claims he was cheated out of Olympic gold ©Getty ImagesAustralia's double Olympic walking silver medallist Jared Tallent has called for Russian athletes to be banned from competition this year as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has expressed "major concern" over the recent spate of Russian doping cases.

Three Olympic champions among latest five Russian race walkers handed doping bans

By Mike Rowbottom

Sergei Kirdyapkin, pictured en route to the London 2012 50km race walk gold, is one of five Russian walkers suspended for doping ©Getty ImagesRussia's race walking programme is now in complete disarray following a ban imposed by the national anti-doping agency on five athletes, of whom three are past or present Olympic champions.

Honoured Olympic journalist who contributed to a world record dies aged 91

By Mike Rowbottom

Gustav Schwenk, the veteran journalist who has died aged 91 ©IAAFGustav Schwenk, one of the most highly regarded athletics journalists of all time - and the man who played a key part in the setting of a 100 metres world record - has died in Düsseldorf aged 91.

Welsh athletes cleared of deliberate cheating after serving doping bans

By Liam Morgan

Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton are now free to return to competition after their doping bans ©Getty ImagesBritish athletes Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton are now free to resume their careers after serving doping bans, with both having been cleared of deliberately trying to cheat by the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD), it has been officially confirmed today.
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