World indoor high jump champion Lysenko suspended over whereabouts violation in further blow to Russian athletics

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From Inside the Games

Reigning world indoor high jump champion Danil Lysenko has been provisionally suspended following a whereabouts rule violation, with the Russian barred from competing neutrally at the European Athletics Championships in Berlin next week.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) charged the Russian athlete with a breach of article 2.4 of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rules.

The rules state a breach is “any combination of three missed tests and/or filing failures, as defined in the international standard for testing and investigations, within a twelve-month period by an athlete in a registered testing pool.”

Lysenko could face a potential ban should a case be proved against the Russian athlete.

The 21-year-old clinched gold at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham earlier this year.

He also earned silver outdoors at the IAAF World Championships in London last year.

The provisional suspension will rule Lysenko out of competing in Berlin next week, where he would have started as one of the favourites to clinch victory.

Lysenko headed into the competition in impressive form, having won high jump gold at the Monaco Diamond League last month.

He equalled the world lead at the event when he cleared 2.40 metres.

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