Athletics’ world governing body is set to consider calls to ban top Russian coach Viktor Chegin following an online campaign led by Australian race walker Jared Tallent.
Three-time Olympic medallist Tallent has used social media to voice his concerns about Chegin, who he claims has had 16 of his athletes banned for doping.
The most recent was world and Olympic 20km race walk champion Yelena Lashmanova, who late last week was suspended for two years after testing positive for the drug GW1516.
“@iaaforg are losing integrity by allowing Viktor Chegin to continue coaching. WR holder Lashmanova is now his 16th banned doper #banchegin,” Tallent posted on Twitter, before listing the athletes’ names.
The 29-year-old has also expressed concerns about former champion Sergey Morozov, who was given a life ban for breaking anti-doping regulations in 2012 but was recently pictured working as an accredited staff member for the Russian team at last month’s World Race Walking Cup.
IAAF vice president and pole vault great Sergey Bubka on Wednesday responded to Tallent, thanking the Australian for his messages and “for putting forward to myself your concern about the doping case of Russian walkers”.
“As Chairman of IOC Entourage Commission, I’ve always advocated sanctioning not only athletes for doping offenses but also relevant entourage,” Bubka wrote.
“The recent publishing of the new Anti-Doping Code by WADA is an improvement in this regard as it englobes both athletes and their entourage.
“With regards to the case, I understand that members of IAAFRaceWalking Committee already raised strong concern to IAAF who’s looking into it.
“In any case, I will raise this issue to ensure it is discussed during the upcoming IAAF Council meeting in Eugene next month.
“I’d also like to thank again to @JaredTallent and all those adherent of the idea of clean sport and fair play as well as I’ve always been.”
Tallent will miss the chance to defend his 2010 Commonwealth Games title in the 20km event, with race walking removed from the program for Glasgow.