Head of troubled Russian athletics body re-elected

MOSCOW (AP) The president of Russia's suspended athletics federation has been re-elected following a close vote.

Dmitry Shlyakhtin, who is also a regional government sports minister, won the vote in Moscow on Friday by 36 votes to 31 against Andrei Silnov, the 2008 Olympic men's high jump champion.

Shlyakhtin refused to comment on the allegations of mass doping in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's report, saying the election proceedings meant he had not had a chance to read it.

Former pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva was a candidate for the position but withdrew on Friday morning, saying she could not combine it with her duties as a member of the International Olympic Committee and the head of the supervisory board of the Russian anti-doping agency, to which she was appointed on Wednesday.

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