IAAF confident Russian coach will be banned
Track and field's world governing body is investigating a Russian coach at the centre of a major doping scandal and is confident he will be kicked out of the sport.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) anti-doping manager, Thomas Capdevielle, said yesterday that disciplinary procedures had been opened against Viktor Chegin, who heads the Russian race-walking centre in Saransk. More than 20 athletes trained by Chegin - including Olympic champions - have received doping bans or been placed under investigation in recent years.
"The case is currently being investigated and pursued as
an anti-doping violation," Capdevielle said. "The numbers talk here - when you have a coach with more than 20 athletes who tested positive or are under investigation."
Chegin's role falls under various investigations by the IAAF and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) into allegations of organised doping and cover-ups in Russia. Five Russian walkers, including three Olympic champions, were banned for doping last month.
Capdevielle said the IAAF needs to find evidence that Chegin "actively administered substances or facilitated the doping".
"He requires some investi-gation," the IAAF official said in a conference call with reporters. "But we are confident it will end up in a satisfying conclusion for us with a sanction and that this coach is out of the sport."
The IAAF could take action against Chegin before the completion of WADA's wider investigation, which is expected to last until the end of the year.
"Our rules allow us to suspend him provisionally if we think that it's taking too long or that he should immediately stop being a trainer and holding his position," Capdevielle said.