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Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko may receive a ban of up to eight years after Russian officials apparently obstructed an investigation into the world indoor high jump champion.
Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s Yury Ganus told TASS, the Russian news agency that “all steps taken by the previous executive management at the Russian Athletics Federation (RUSAF) led to the fact that he would continue performing as an athlete only after an eight-year period.”
The case involving the 23-year-old was another nail in the coffin of RUSAF and their global suspension by World Athletics.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) recommended that the ban on Russia continues. In addition to being exposed in a documentary about bribes, cover-ups, and general corruption from the top of Russian athletics and Russian anti-doping, the nation was thrown into further embarrassment when they tampered with data located on a computer in their Moscow laboratory that was central in the original doping scandal.
Several officials have also been banned.