The Associated Press Russian athletes won't be able to compete at next month's European indoor championships because they can't yet get exemptions, the governing body of track said Wednesday. Russia has been suspended by World Athletics since 2015 because of widespread doping, but leading athletes have been given “neutral” status after vetting and allowed to compete in international events for much of that time.
Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the team after a story published in his native Russia alleged that Panarin -- who has been outspoken against Russian president Vladimir Putin -- beat up an 18-year-old woman in a Russian bar in 2011.
In an agreement with the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee announced on Friday their guidelines for Russia to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. This was in response to the December ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) imposed an initial four-year sanction on Russia in 2019 by declaring the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) as non-compliant.