MOSCOW (AP) -- Former Olympic 800-meter champion Yuri Borzakovsky has been confirmed as Russia's new top athletics coach, tasked with rebuilding a team badly hit by doping scandals.
The 33-year-old Borzakovsky, who won gold at the 2004 Olympics, got the job on a temporary basis in February after veteran coach Valentin Maslakov resigned following a string of doping bans for Russian athletes.
Borzakovsky was formally confirmed as head coach Monday by Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, Russian athletics federation spokesperson Alla Glushchenko told The Associated Press.
Four Russian Olympic gold medal winners have received doping bans, adding to dozens of the country's track and field competitors currently serving suspensions.
Borzakovsky has said he is confident Russia now has "a new team and everyone in it is clean" as it prepares for the 2016 Olympics.