translated and edited by Brett Larner
On Nov. 17 the Russian Federation (ARAF) announced that it intends to impose a suspension of up to four years on marathoner Victor Ugarov for running in and winning the Nov. 15 Kanazawa Marathon after the IAAF's provisional suspension of the ARAF. On Nov. 13 the IAAF voted to provisionally suspend the ARAF in response to revelations of systematic doping in Russia, a move which included a ban on Russian athletes competing internationally. As such Ugarov was ineligible to participate in the Kanazawa Marathon but nevertheless ran the Nov. 15 race, which he won in a PB of 2:17:19. A JAAF spokesperson indicated that Ugarov's mark will now be annulled.
ARAF officials did not know of Ugarov's participation in the Kanazawa Marathon and are launching an investigation. At the same time they pointed out that, "It is not physically possible to track and notify every single athlete. As such, if anything the fault for his participation is that of the race organizers who allowed him to run." Kanazawa Marathon organizers commented, "We are confirming the facts of the situation and discussing what is to be done."
Translator's note: At the time of the race Kanazawa Marathon officials were quoted as saying that there was "no problem" with Ugarov's participation since he was not a registered ARAF member. Ugarov, one of at least two Russians to compete in the race, is from Kanazawa's sister city of Irkutsk, Russia. No word yet on whether the Kanazawa Marathon will also face sanctions.