Russian coaches, doctor banned for doping still active

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Three years ago, Russian athletics coach Vladimir Mokhnev was banned for 10 years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, global sports’ over-arching judicial body.

He was sanctioned for giving prohibited performance-enhancing drugs to members of the national track team.

Mokhnev, the court ruled, had violated international anti-doping rules.

His name was taken off Russia’s national team roster and added to a list of banned personnel compiled by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

“I was banned,” Mokhnev, who denied his involvement in doping, said at a news conference on June 23, 2017.

“How can I work?”

On May 16 this year, a Reuters reporter witnessed Mokhnev at an athletics stadium in the city of Kursk giving instructions to seven runners.

He was recording their lap times from the side of the track and at one point coming out onto the track during a warm-up to give directions to an athlete.

WADA’s World Anti-Doping Code —- which all signatories, including Russia, commit to abide by —- states that banned coaches and other athlete support staff have limitations.

They are not allowed to “participate in any capacity” in a competition or in activities related to elite sport.

Athletes also must not receive training, strategy, nutritional or medical advice from banned coaches or medical staff and can face sanctions if they do, according to the code.

However, it is not legally binding under Russian criminal or administrative law.

The IAAF, global athletics’ governing body, meets this weekend in Monaco where it will discuss the status of Russia’s athletics federation.