Isinbayeva Accuses U.S, UK, Germany, Kenya Of “Systematic Doping” … Says Russian Ban “incomprehensible” | Independent Newspapers Limited
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Isinbayeva Accuses U.S, UK, Germany, Kenya Of “Systematic Doping” … Says Russian Ban “incomprehensible”

Posted: Jun 1, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva has accused United States, Britain, Germany and Kenya of “systematic doping” on another day of Russian attempts to defend their right to send an athletic team to the Rio Olympic Games.
The All-Russia Athletic Federation was suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in November following allegations of state-sponsored doping published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission.
In a rare conciliatory moment, Sports Minister, Vitaly Mutko, said on Monday that he assumed full responsibility over a recent chain of alleged doping scandals involving national athletes and had no intentions of hiding in case they proved to be true.
But the official also criticised the timing of a fresh documentary on Russian doping due to be aired on German television network ARD on June 8.
This all comes ahead of this week’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, viewed as a major, if unofficial, step on the road to the IAAF Council meeting in Vienna on June 17 at which a final decision will be made.
Isinbayeva, who is seeking to be elected onto the IOC Athletes’ Commission, claims that other countries have just as bad anti-doping records as Russia.
It follows her vow to sue for “a violation of her human rights” if she was not allowed to compete.
“I’m not responsible for other people’s actions, I did not break the rules,” the two-time Olympic champion, who has never been implicated in a doping scandal, told
“I have always acted honestly, and I will speak honestly – I will not let anyone deprive me of those rights that I deserve.
“We know that in other countries, such as USA, UK, Germany, Kenya, athletes were disqualified.
“They quietly sat out two years, not stopping exercise, and then came back to win, and set records.
“We know that there is a systematic doping.”
She claims the alleged inconsistency is “quite incomprehensible” and “unfair”
“I trained for five years abroad with another coach,” the 33-year-old, the Mayor of the Athletes’ Village during Sochi 2014, added.