Michelle De Bruin was banned form swimming for four years two years after winning three swimming gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Someone needs to talk about Michelle. How much longer can her Olympic medal history remain so conveniently muted, now that the whole world is open to (...)

Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for IAAF

Russian race walker Alexander Yargunkin will not compete in Saturday’s 50km at the World Championships following reports that he has failed a drugs te(...)

Ireland’s Rob Heffernan finished fourth in the 2012 Olympics but may be upgraded and given the bronze medal.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rob Heffernan is now one step away from an Olympic bronze medal after the IAAF – the governing body of world athletics – confirmed its appeal against(...)

Valentin Balakhnichev is stepping down as Russian Athletics Federation president  following the suspension of five walkers, including  three Olympic champions,  in January. Photograph: Getty Images

Russian Athletics Federation (VFLA) president Valentin Balakhnichev criticised the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in his fi(...)

Olive Loughnane looks certain to have her world silver World Athletics Championships medal, won in Berlin in 2009, upgraded to gold by the IAAF. Photograph: Morgan/Inpho.

The IAAF – the governing body of world athletics – has confirmed that “major international titles will be redistributed” following the latest doping(...)

Olive Loughnane: “A part of me was half expecting this day would come, especially with so many of the Russian athletes being banned over the last year or so.”

Olive Loughnane was waiting in the passport office in Cork city when news arrived that she was now world champion. It may be almost six years after th(...)

Race-walker Rob Heffernan came fourth in the 50km race at the 2012 Olympics but could be awarded a bronze medal after the IAAF confirmed three Russian athletes have received provisional suspensions. (Photograph: Inpho/ Morgan Treacy)

Fresh allegations of doping offences involving Russian athletes could now result in an Olympic bronze medal for Irish race walker Rob Heffernan. There(...)