Friday, November 4, 2016

'Russian Sports Agent and U.S. Marathon Officials Under Federal Investigation'

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/04/sports/marathon-doping-investigation.html

Mr. Baranov is pictured at a Japanese race in the lead photo in the above article.  For years JRN has covered his presence in Japan, where his athletes of Russian and other Eastern European nationality have long dominated the elite women's marathon circuit only for many to have their performances annulled for doping and biological passport violations.  One can only hope that Japan opens a similar investigation into these performances, Baranov and his Japanese business and business collaborators.

2 comments:

CK said...

...very interesting article, thanks for the link.
"One can only hope that Japan opens a similar investigation into these performances, Baranov and his Japanese business and business collaborators."
Second that opinion, but unfortunately don't feel too optimistic about it. Would be great to see a performances-in-Japan focused article of yours appear on Baranov in the mainstream or athletics-specific Japanese language press Brett (- has anyone been paying attention critical to this topic in JPN with as much awareness as you for the past few years ?) Pleasantly surprised to see that there's a story in the NY Times. Can it become news here, or is that pie in the sky?

Brett Larner said...

Thanks, CK. It's nice to see this all finally coming to light. I'm continuing to work on assembling material regarding his Japanese activities. News of the stuff reported in the NYT article did appear in the Japanese press. But no, I don't really expect to see anything at all happen here. Meanwhile, we can look forward to the Saitama Int'l Marathon inviting Maryna Damantsevich this weekend....