UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner feels bans should be given out to entire federations if they are found to be involved in doping systems ©Getty Images

Russia should be banned from competition following their turbulent record of doping, UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner suggested here today.

Speaking at the Sport Resolutions Integrity and Welfare Conference here today Warner also slammed what he called a “lack of interest” from those in power on an issue which has plagued sport as a whole in recent years.

Warner, chairman of UK Athletics for eight years, did point to the fact that a ban on an entire Federation would be difficult to enforce, saying it would cause a “lot of legal hassle”.

“I believe there should be the possibility of suspending a federation if they are found to have been involved in a doping system,” he said.

“But there seems to be no appetite for that globally and it seems people are just accepting it and shrugging their shoulders.

“We see countless examples of people being banned from sport but then they show up at sporting events.

“Have people no shame in sport?”

His comments seem to be in direct conflict with those made by IAAF Presidential candidate Sebastian Coe, who said in February that banning the the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) was not a step the athletics’ governing body would take in the near future.

Former ARAF President Valentin Balakhnichev officially resigned following an investigation broadcast on German television in December, which claimed that up to 99 per cent of Russian athletes used banned substances.

Olympic 3,000 metres champion Yulia Yarapova is one of the many Russian athletes to have been found guilty of a doping offence in recent months
Olympic 3,000 metres steeplechase champion Yulia Yarapova is one of the many Russian athletes to have been found guilty of a doping offence in recent months ©Getty Images

Russian athletes have been at the heart of what current IAAF President Lamine Diack labelled as a “crisis” In February, with several of their high-profile names being found to have taken performance enhancing drugs.

Olympic 3,000 metres steeplecahse gold medallist Yulia Zaripova and 2011 world heptathlon champion Tatyana Chernova are two of the most stellar athletes to have been banned, and their suspensions followed those given to Russian race walkers Sergei Kirdyapkin, Valery Borchin and Olga Kaniskina, who were all found to be involved in what has been labelled as a systematic doping programme.

However, the punishments handed out by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) were described as “selective” by the IAAF in March, and the body said they would appeal the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The same German television documentary broadcast last year also alleged that a list detailing athletes who had given suspicious samples had been covered up by the IAAF, and Warner blasted the organisation for a lack of transparency.

“I was not told about it and have had to find out names who are on the supposed list from journalists,” he added.

“I think they just don’t care enough.

“We’ve had nothing from the IAAF themselves and I find that unbelievable.

“I’m not sure that there’s a desire in world sport to out the cheats - there seems to not only be a lack of resources but also of morals.”

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