Rudisha Pulls out of next month's World Athletics Championships

Jerome Frank
August 2, 2017

RUSAF has been banned since November 2015 after an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) inquiry exposed state-sponsored doping on a massive scale.

"The main issue is that no meaningful (drugs) testing is being conducted".

While about 1,000 tests have taken place in Russian Federation in the past year, under the supervision of UK Anti-Doping, Andersen said this compares with the more than 18,000 RUSADA used to do.

Many of the Russians set to compete in London say that the absence of their flag is but a minor annoyance that neither dims their love for their country nor affects their focus.

In his last competition, Forbes jumped 7.92m at the London Anniversary Games in the same pit where he will be competing in at the World Championships at the London Olympic Stadium.

The earliest possible return for Russian Federation was November but in the light of the Task Force's concerns that looks extremely unlikely.

"It will be hard for the athletes to compete because they are patriots".

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"The report has been unanimously approved by the Council", confirmed Rune Andersen, independent chairman of the IAAF Taskforce looking into doping in Russian Federation.

The double Olympic champion had been hoping to add a seventh senior major title, having already added two African Championships and two World golds to his London and Rio wins.

His biggest draw, Usain Bolt, will be appearing for the last time in London and Coe recognised that filling that void would be an enormous, and probably impossible, challenge.

"It is obviously disappointing and I am saddened", Rudisha said.

"It was nice getting a personal best this year".

"There's a pressure on us now to figure out how we get smarter at building the profiles of great athletes out there".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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