Track and Field

Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko barred 6 years for whereabouts failures, tampering

Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko was handed a six-year ban Monday over an elaborate attempt to deceive anti-doping authorities, in a case which showed senior Russian track and field officials colluding to break the rules.

2017 world silver medallist admits trying to deceive Athletics Integrity Unit

Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko, who won a silver medal at the 2017 track and field world championships, has been suspended six years over an elaborate attempt to deceive anti-doping authorities. (Antonin Thuillier/AFP via Getty Images/File)

Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko was handed a six-year ban Monday over an elaborate attempt to deceive anti-doping authorities, in a case which showed senior Russian track and field officials colluding to break the rules.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled Lysenko tampered with the anti-doping process and failed to inform anti-doping bodies of his whereabouts. Two years of the sanction are suspended because Lysenko eventually admitted trying to deceive the Athletics Integrity Unit and cooperated with its investigations into other Russian figures. Lysenko won silver at the world championships in 2017 and world indoor gold a year later.

Lysenko, 24, can return to competition in August 2022, when four years will have passed since he was first provisionally suspended over the whereabouts issue.

"We welcome the CAS decision. This has brought closure to a protracted case that showed the lengths to which some individuals will go to cheat, but also the AIU's capability to investigate such behaviour. We do hope this outcome serves as a warning against any form of fraudulent conduct in our sport," AIU head Brett Clothier said in a statement.

Earlier rulings found that "most if not all of the senior management" of the Russian federation colluded to cover up Lysenko's case. Five officials including the then-federation president were banned over the conspiracy. It involved creating documents from a fake clinic to give Lysenko a medical excuse for not being available for testing and falsely claiming a car crash excused him from another case.

The AIU said Lysenko's coach Evgeny Zagorulko, who had worked with several Olympic and world champions, accepted a four-year ban in the case. Zagorulko died in April before a CAS hearing was due to decide how much of that sanction could be suspended because he had assisted the investigation.

Russia was already suspended from international track and field over doping, but the Lysenko case brought it to the brink of expulsion from governing body World Athletics when the charges were filed in late 2019.

Russia remains suspended after the Lysenko case caused a long freeze in reinstatement talks. The negotiations have since resumed after Russia paid a $5 million US fine over the Lysenko case and around $1.3 million in other cost.

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now