Yelena Isinbayeva ‘will be gone’ as Russian anti-doping chair by end of month

A World Anti-Doping (WADA) official said on Thursday that Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva will be out as chairwoman of the Russian anti-doping agency by the end of the month.

On Thursday, Deputy director general Rob Koehler delivered a report to the WADA foundation board about the Russian doping scandal. Koehler said the Russian agency must find an independent chair as part of a long list of reforms that will bring it back in compliance.

Isinbayeva, a former Olympic gold medalist, has previously called investigations into Russian doping an anti-Russian plot.

Koehler didn’t specifically mention Isinbayeva in his report, but when pressed by WADA member Dick Pound of the status of “the person about whom everyone has complained,” Koehler responded: “To be very clear, as of the 31st of May, the person will be gone.”

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Isinbayeva was affected by WADA’s ban of the Russian Track and Field team for last summer’s Rio Olympics, something she denounced as a “human rights violation.”

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