New chief named to reform Russian athletics

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MOSCOW: Russia’s embattled athletics body on Saturday elected a new “anti-crisis” president, regional sports bureaucrat Dmitry Shlyakhtin, who has promised to rescue its reputation from doping claims ahead of the Rio Olympics. Shlyakhtin, who has served as a regional sports official, was backed by Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko and elected unanimously to head the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) after two candidates withdrew themselves from the vote. He will serve as an “anti-crisis” head of the body for the next several months, through the Olympic Games in Rio, before another vote in September or October, Mutko told journalists ahead of the decision.

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