Open letter of Yelena Isinbaeva
Double Olympic Champion, many times World Champion and Record Holder in Pole Vault Yelena Isinbaeva addressed the World Athletics Community about the threat of the ban for all Russian athletes to compete in all IAAF events.
“Dear Friends, all of you have known me very well and for a long time. During all my sports career I did my job honestly: I trained a lot and won World Championships and Olympic Games and set World Records. All my victories are honest, “clean” and deserved. I have always followed and am following all the antidoping rules precisely. The situation the Russian National team is in now is very sad but I ask you not to treat all the athletes in the same negative way. To ban innocent and not connected to that doping scandal athletes from competing in international events and Olympic Games in Rio is not fair. I hope for the wisdom of the leaders of the IAAF. And I believe that the correct decision will be taken. Those who are guilty will pay their price, and those who are innocent will have the opportunity to compete and represent our country in a dignified manner at all international sports arenas.
Sincerely yours, Yelena Isinbaeva”