— Published 17 November 2020

The fifth man

Paradoxical. The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) is still suspended by World Athletics, with no prospect of reinstatement in the very near future, but applicants are scrambling for the presidency. A fifth candidate has just emerged: Oleg Kurbatov, the current president of the Moscow Athletics Federation. He announced his decision to run for the top post. His name is added to a list already made up of former athlete Irina Privalova, agent Mikhail Gusev, ex-sprinter Andrey Shlyapnikov, all more or less from the seraglio, plus an intruder, Piotr Ivanov, already president of the Russian Triathlon Federation. The election for the presidency of the RusAF is scheduled for November 30, 2020.