A round-up of some of the latest news from the world of athletics
EA House inaugurated
The House of European Athletics has been officially inaugurated following splendid celebrations with representatives from most European Member Federations and with other prestigious sporting dignitaries in attendance.
European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen welcomed IOC president Thomas Bach and IAAF senior vice president Sergey Bubka among others.
“I am delighted to receive so many members of the athletics family for this historic moment for our organisation,” he said.
Located at Avenue Louis-Ruchonnet 16, just 400 metres from the Lausanne main station, the building is fully owned by European Athletics. Construction for the four-storey building began in April 2015, rapidly progressing until the end of October 2016 when the new offices became fully operational.
A luminous wall at the entrance of the House displays all 51 European Athletics Member Federation logos as well as a welcome sign in all 41 official languages of European Athletics.
European Athletics will use the first two floors for its new offices, with the top two floors to be rented out. The building will also have underground parking and an archive area on two basement floors. Informs European Athletics.
Vlasic plans to 2020
High jump legend and Rio bronze medallist Blanka Vlasic told Croatian media she wants to continue her career until the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Her coach Bojan Marinovic also confirmed that she might compete during the 2017 indoor season.
“We will see after we start with the jumping in training and that will not be earlier than December,” he said during the Croatian Athletics Gala where Vlasic was not participating in person but sent a video message from rehabilitation in Rome.
Russia anti-doping bill
An anti-doping bill to introduce sanctions for coaches found guilty of encouraging athletes to take prohibited substances has been passed by the Russian Duma, informs agencies. The bill was unanimously passed in the first of three readings with the State Duma on June 15 and was passed by lawmakers on Thursday morning in the two remaining readings.
Coaches or doctors found to contravene the rules could face a fine of up to 500,000 roubles and a three-year suspension from their profession according to TASS, while AP reports those found guilty could face up to a year in prison in cases where young athletes are coerced into doping.
Appeals to be heard at CAS
Russian officials Valentin Balakhnichev and Aleksey Melnikov as well as Lamine Diack’s son Papa Massata Diack will have their appeals heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport between November 14-17, informs AP.
An IAAF ethics panel banned the triumvirate for life in January over allegations of bribery, money-laundering and corruption.
Andrey Baranov under investigation
New York-based Russian manager Andrey Baranov has been placed under federal investigation and is being scrutinised by officials for bribery and corruption, informs New York Times.
The investigators are looking into whether Baranov conspired with organisers of big-city American marathons to allow athletes using banned substances to compete in their events. Baranov has emphatically denied any criminal activity.
Belgian series CrossCup will have on Sunday its first individual race of the 2016/17 circuit in Mol.
Home star Louise Carton will be the favourite in the women’s race. Swiss runners will fight for European Cross Country selections (Fabienne Schlumpf and Martina Tresch). In the men’s race Jeroen D’Hoedt is expected to fight with Bashir Abdi. Also Austrian champion Andreas Vojta is competing.
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