Russia’s pole vault world record-holder says to ban innocent athletes from competing in international events and the Rio Olympics is “not fair”
Yelena Isinbayeva has written an open letter ahead of an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council meeting at which the main agenda item is to discuss whether the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) should be provisionally suspended as an IAAF member.
“During all my sports career I did my job honestly: I trained a lot and won World Championships and Olympic Games and set world records,” wrote Isinbayeva in her open letter, which has been published on the Russian athletics federation’s website.
“All my victories are honest, “clean” and deserved. I have always followed and am following all the antidoping rules precisely,” added the two-time Olympic gold medallist.
“The situation the Russian national team is in now is very sad but I ask you not to treat all the athletes in the same negative way. To ban innocent and not connected to that doping scandal athletes from competing in international events and Olympic Games in Rio is not fair. I hope for the wisdom of the leaders of the IAAF. And I believe that the correct decision will be taken.
“Those who are guilty will pay their price, and those who are innocent will have the opportunity to compete and represent our country in a dignified manner at all international sports arenas.”
The IAAF Council meeting is set to begin at 6.00pm GMT on Friday (November 13), with an official statement due to be released at the conclusion of the meeting.