Russia’s suspension is for an indefinite period and could take in next summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA.

The governing body of world athletics has taken the unprecedented step of suspending Russia from all competitions in the wake of revelations of state-(...)

 Pole vault world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva has urged athletics’ world governing body the IAAF not to ban Russia from its competitions. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Russia’s double Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has written an open letter pleading for world athletics body the IAAF not to issue a bla(...)

The International Olympic Committee was this morning facing calls to remove pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva from her ambassadorial role after she spoke out in support of Russia’s controversial laws on homosexuality. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Yelena Isinbayeva has blamed her poor English for yesterday’s controversial statements on Russia’s anti-gay law, insisting she is opposed to discrimin(...)

 Emma Green Tregaro of Sweden has angered some with her ’statement’. Photograph:  Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Home favourite Elena Isinbayeva has criticised high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro for making a statement against Russia’s controversial anti-gay laws at t(...)

Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia competes in the women’s pole vault at the Luzhniki Stadium. The 31-year-old triumphed with a leap of 4.89 metres. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

The world championships finally caught fire as the fans turned up to say farewell to Yelena Isinbayeva, only for the Russian pole vault queen to roll (...)