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Russian runner suspended for working with banned coach

Russian runner Artyom Denmukhametov has been provisionally suspended for working with banned coach Vladimir Kazarin, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday.

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Athletes are not allowed to receive training, strategy, nutritional or medical advice from coaches or medical staff
serving doping bans, according to World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules – and can face sanctions if they do.

Kazarin was banned for life after a 2015 report commissioned by WADA found that he had given athletes banned performance-enhancing drugs.

The AIU, which oversees integrity issues in international athletics, including doping, wrote on Twitter that the charge against Denmukhametov came as a result of an investigation carried out with the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA.

Later on Friday, RUSADA said in a statement it had found that an athletics coach banned for life had “directly participated” in training sessions with seven athletes in Kyrgyzstan between November 2018 and April 2019.

Margarita Pakhnotskaya, deputy head of RUSADA, later told Reuters that the coach in question was Kazarin.

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The suspension of Denmukhametov, a 400m runner, comes a week after Reuters reported that Russian athletics coaches Vladimir Mokhnev and Valery Volkov – both of whom are serving doping bans – are still working with athletes.

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