Russian athlete sues for Comrades money
Russian athlete Alexandra Morozova, who came second in the 2017 Comrades Marathon, has taken Athletics SA and the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) to court over the non-payment of her winnings. A report on the IoL site notes that Morozova approached the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) last month, demanding she be paid the R210 000 prize money she earned by coming second in the women’s division.
She said she was denied payment because the Russian Athletics Federation had been suspended over a mass doping scandal. The federation has been suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) since November 2015, after the World Anti-Doping Agency investigated allegations of widespread doping.
Morozova said in an affidavit she was an amateur athlete and not a member of her country’s athletics federation.
‘I am not subject to the jurisdiction of the Russian Athletics Federation. I am not subject to any sanctions imposed on the Russian Athletics Federation,’ she said. She passed the mandatory drug tests for the Comrades Marathon and came third the next year. Strangely, she was paid the prize money for her third place 2018 Comrades finish. The CMA has filed a notice to abide by the court’s decision and posed no objections to paying the Russian athlete for her 2017 race. However, the ASA said it intended to oppose the application when the court resumes after the festive season recess.
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