Russia says it can’t afford to pay fine to World Athletics

MOSCOW (AP) – Russia is expected to miss the deadline to pay a USD5 million fine to the governing body of track and field.

Russian track federation president Yevgeny Yurchenko told the Tass state news agency yesterday that “the money, unfortunately, has not been found.”

World Athletics could suspend the “authorised neutral athlete” programme, which allows Russians to enter international competitions even though their federation is suspended.

Russians with that status won six medals at last year’s world championships, including gold for Mariya Lasitskene in the high jump and for Anzhelika Sidorova in the pole vault.

The World Athletics council is next due to meet on July 29-30.