Yevgeny Yurchenko is the new head of the Russian athletics federation Loading… World Athletics is to decide Thursday whether to start the procedure of reinstating the new-look Russian athletics federation, as well as initiating the process to allow Russian athletes who test clean to compete under a neutral banner at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. High jumper Mariya Lasitskene has attacked Russia’s handling of the doping crisis Russia has been suspended by World Athletics (then known as the IAAF) since 2015 over repeated doping scandals – a ban upheld 12 times – and has been fighting for readmission. The last report by World Athletics’ Task Force, in November, led to its decision-making Council suspending the process of reinstating RUSAF over charges against its officials that they obstructed an anti-doping investigation. The Council also put a freeze on the system of allowing Russian athletes to compete as “Authorised Neutral Athletes”. Those decisions prompted wholesale change at RUSAF, which has a newly-appointed head in Yevgeny Yurchenko.Advertisement Coe, Yurchenko said, “will initiate the process of issuing to Russian athletes neutral status permits for their participation in international tournaments”, with RUSAF’s membership reinstatement with World Athletics “set to be launched”.That promises to be good news for three-time high-jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene, who has been vocal in her criticism of the former RUSAF regime for its handling of the scandal.Lasitskene, pole vault world champion Angelica Sidorova and men’s 110m metres hurdles star Sergey Shubenkov held a meeting with Coe last week, reportedly on relaunching the so-called “ANA scheme”, which allows eligible Russian athletes to compete as neutrals at events.Moscow’s case has been made more complicated after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in December imposed a four-year ban from all international sporting competitions on Russia over what it considers a state-sponsored programme of doping, a suspension the country took to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).CAS, the world’s highest sporting court, will now have to decide whether to confirm the WADA ban, or listen to Russia’s case against the sanction. A ruling is not expected before May, with the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to start on July 24, in just 134 days.The International Olympic Committee said CAS had to make a clear-cut decision, with no room for “any kind of interpretation”, over whether Russia was to be banned not just from Tokyo, but also the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar. Read Also: English clubs could be forced to play behind closed doors todayIn Monaco, the World Athletics council will also discuss the effects of the spread of the coronavirus, with several members, including those from outbreak hotspots China and Italy, taking part remotely by teleconference because of travel restrictions in their countries.The COVID-19 outbreak has already caused the world indoor championships in Nanjing, China, due to be held this month, to be delayed by a year, and the world half-marathon champs in Gdynia, Poland, to be re-scheduled from March 29 to October 17.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWorld’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath AwayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were Kids7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple MistakeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? In one of his first conciliatory moves in the stand-off, Yurchenko sent two letters to World Athletics, the first “concerning our cooperation and in regard to scandalous situations, which had left an impact on our relations for many years”. Yurchenko said he had agreed with accusations made by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) against RUSAF on the wrongdoings in the case of high jumper Danil Lysenko, in which “forged documents and false explanations” were provided as an alibi to his whereabouts, as required by anti-doping rules. In January, the AIU, the independent anti-doping watchdog for track and field, recommended World Athletics maintain the exclusion of RUSAF and the freeze on Russian athletes competing under a neutral flag unless it failed to provide evidence in the Lysenko case, which had proved to be a tipping point. – Negative consequences – Yurchenko, who also apologised for the negative consequences from the Lysenko case, said his second letter was sent to World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe.
It’s a very different USC team from a week ago, with five key juniors off to the NFL draft despite the best lobbying efforts of Trojans coach Pete Carroll. “This is the single biggest mass exodus in history,” agent Leigh Steinberg said. “It was the perfect storm, really.” Tailbacks Reggie Bush and LenDale White, the seventh and eighth all-time rushers in school history, are gone along with offensive tackle Winston Justice, safety Darnell Bing both Poly High graduates and offensive guard Fred Matua, a Banning High product. Bing has not hired an agent but will have a panel screen prospective candidates. Justice said he isn’t worried that NFL teams will shy away from him because of off-field incidents during his USC career. He was suspended for the 2004 season after flashing a pellet gun at another student and arrested in 2003 for soliciting a prostitute in Long Beach. “I feel very, very prepared,” Justice said. “The teams will see my true character. The teams will see that.” He doesn’t know where he will get drafted but the NFL projected him between the 10th and 20th picks in its evaluation. “I’m very confident in my talents,” Justice said. “The draft is crazy. I really don’t know. I thought I had a pretty solid season. Sometimes I struggled.” Trojan tidbits Defensive line coach Jethro Franklin said he hasn’t received any offers from NFL teams for assistant coaching positions. Franklin’s a natural candidate since he spent the previous five seasons in Green Bay, but he aspires to become a head coach and was a finalist for the San Diego State job. Offensive line coach Pat Ruel already turned down a job offer from the Packers. Prep fullback Stanley Havili of Salt Lake City, Utah, committed to USC on Sunday night. Havili (6-feet, 208 pounds) is ranked the third-best fullback in the country by Rivals.com and selected the Trojans over Brigham Young. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But Justice said Monday his departure will not be terribly difficult to overcome for the Trojans, even though he was considered the most-naturally gifted offensive lineman. “You have a bunch of tackles that can replace me easily,” he said. “Charles Brown, Kyle Williams. I don’t think the team will take a hit. No one knows how deep this team is.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Justice said Monday he decided a couple days after the Rose Bowl he would turn pro even though he did not officially notify the NFL until Friday. “Nothing’s really guaranteed in the draft,” he said. “But the opportunity is here now.” He will now select either Steinberg or David Dunn as his agent, after originally deciding to sign with Peter Schaffer. Justice held a press conference Monday at USC that was supposed to include Bing, but Bing skipped it after asking Justice right beforehand to delay the official announcement until Wednesday. Justice said Bing thought he would get more media coverage if the announcement were Wednesday, even though his decision to turn pro would be old news by midweek.