Former Russian coach Melnikov given life ban

The McLaren report, released in 2016, alleged state-sponsored doping in Russia from 2011 to 2015

The former senior coach of the Russian national athletics team, Alexei Melnikov, has been handed a lifetime ban for breaching rules on doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on Friday.

Melnikov was cited in last year's McLaren report into state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics, with the authors calling for him to be suspended for life. Fellow coach Vladimir Kazarin was also banned for life.

However, Russian middle distance runner Ekaterina Poistogova -- who came third in the 800m at the London 2012 Olympics -- escaped the life ban demanded by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

CAS instead slapped her with a two-year ban back-dated to August 2015 and ordered her to be disqualified from all events in which she competed in the preceding 10 months.

Stanislav Emelyanov, the race walker, was given a ban of eight years after being found guilty of a second anti-doping offence.

Five Russian race walkers had already been suspended for four years last October, including Mikhail Ryzhov, a silver medallist over 50km at the 2013 world championships.