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.
When the camera found D’Andre Swift early Friday evening, after the Lions had made him the second pick of the second round and the second running back chosen in the 2020 NFL Draft, his head was buried in his hands, his emotion apparent to all of America.Was he crying tears of joy, though, or tears of fear? Getting back a healthy Matthew Stafford at quarterback should be a significant boost in this area, because teams were able to focus more on stopping the running attack when they didn’t have to fear the Lions’ passing game.For Swift, though, he has to wonder how devoted the Lions are to deploying a feature back. They had four backs carry at least 38 times last season. Both coach Matt Patricia and GM Bob Quinn have expressed their preference for a committee approach.It’ll be up to Swift to prove he’s a committee all by himself. Being selected this early in the draft means Swift is likely to make more than $1.5 million in his first year on the job and around $8 million over his first four seasons. That’s wonderful.MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardThe Lions, though.Despite the fact it never has appeared in a Super Bowl, and hasn’t won a division championship since 1993, and has only made three playoff appearances this century, Detroit isn’t a miserable franchise. It has been over .500 four times in the past 10 seasons and averaged a 7-9 mark in that period. It has been a dreadful place to be a running back, though. Well, since Barry Sanders retired, anyway.Since the 1999 season, the Lions’ first in the post-Sanders era, their running game has been a fantasy football nightmare. They’ve had four 1,000-yard rushers in 21 years, none since Reggie Bush did it in 2013. The Titans have had seven in the last 10. Kerryon Johnson led the team last year with 403 yards. That’s 25 yards a game, people. That’s not even three first downs. He only played half the games, but the point is: No one else beat that total.Swift would appear to be an ideal player to change all this. At 5-9, 216 pounds, he rushed for 1,218 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior at Georgia. He caught 24 passes for 216 yards. At the NFL Combine in late winter, he ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash.On a predraft conference, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay called Swift “explosive” and said he’s the best recent player to come out of the Georgia backfield and the best of the 2020 draft’s running back group because he is more complete than Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins and Clyde Edwards-Helaire of LSU.”He does everything at full speed,” McShay said of Swift. “Whether it’s transitioning from after catch, to reading blocks, to make that cutback, he’s explosive.”The Lions have ranked in the bottom half of the NFL in rushing in every season since Sanders retired. If you think about it, that kind of consistency is an achievement. They were 21st last year, and only third from the bottom in rushing TDs. And it’s not that they weren’t trying; they rushed 407 times, which was smack in the middle of NFL in terms of attempts.