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Russian news agency TASS has reported that Russian athletes have broken at least 72 anti-doping rules in 2020 so far and 27 this month.

Apparently the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) investigated 202 in all of 2019.

Thirty-eight of the rule violations were missed tests and 34 in not providing information about the athlete’s location.

Missing three tests in a 12-month period is an anti-doping rule violation and offending athletes are then subject to suspension.

Last week, Nigerian 400m champion Salwa Eid Naser, who competed for Bahrain, was suspended for two years for missing three tests. She actually missed a total of four in the 12 month period leading up to January 2020.

In early June the Russian case against the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are set to take place at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) starting on November 2, 2020.

SHOESTRINGS: World Athletics President Sebastian Coe will become a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Coe is one of five new officials to become members at the first virtual IOC Session on July 17. The others are:

Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, board member Maria de la Caridad Colón Ruenes, former Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, Cuban Olympic Committee (COC) and acting Mongolian National Olympic Committee President Battushig Batbold.