World Track And Field Body Maintains Russian Suspension From Competition

Posted February 07, 2017

" 'The task force does consider, however, that if there are individual athletes can clearly and convincingly show that they are not tainted by the Russian system because they have been outside the country or subject to other strong anti-doping systems, including effective drug testing, then there should be a process through which they can apply for permission to compete in worldwide competition - not for Russia, but as a neutral athlete, ' [Andersen said]".

Rune Andersen, the independent chairman of the IAAF Taskforce, indicated RUSAF is unlikely to be reinstated until the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) declares the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) code-compliant in November.

"Clean Russian athletes have been badly let down by their national system".

"The road map that I outlined clearly states that there will be no reinstatement until RUSADA is functioning and presumably if everything goes to plan there will be a full reinstatement by November 2017", said Andersen.

More than 60 Russian athletes have been added to the IAAF's global testing pool which, although not guaranteeing those athletes reinstatement, Coe said it does mean the world governing body has a greater "guarantee they have undergone a long term recognised, independent and fully WADA Code-compliant drug-testing programme".

"This means Russian Federation as a nation, or RUSAF, is not recommended by us to be reinstated before that time".

Russian Federation was suspended by the IAAF in November 2015, meaning athletes missed the Rio Olympics past year.

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An earlier report found evidence of state-supported doping of Russian athletes at the Sochi winter games.

"We have always felt that that was a proportionate response".

"While acknowledging several positive developments at its recent meetings in Moscow last month. the Taskforce pointed to some negative developments since its last report to Council in December".

The roadmap to reinstatement specifies that "testing of Russian athletes must take place without further incidents or difficulties" and that RusAF takes "demonstrable objective and practical steps to cultivate the clean sport movement".

Coe meanwhile reiterated the IAAF's commitment to giving clean Russian athletes the possibility to compete as neutrals.

He said the current rules were "no longer fit for purpose" and new proposals would be written up.

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