IAAF upholds Russia’s international athletics ban over widespread doping

first_imgRussia’s ban from international athletics over widespread doping has been maintained by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the president of the sport’s governing body, Sebastian Coe, said on Friday.Russia has been suspended from international athletics since November 2015 after the McLaren report discovered widespread doping.The Russians had hoped to be reinstated but IAAF officials meeting in Argentina on Friday unanimously upheld the ban and said that although Russia had taken positive steps in the right direction it had not done enough to merit inclusion.”We have brought about change and it’s change that is very viable,” said Coe. “But we weren’t yet at that point where every element of that criteria had been met.”Court of Arbitration for Sport lifts doping ban on 28 Russian athletesRussia’s political and sporting leaders have repeatedly denied state involvement in doping, a key sticking point in lifting the ban, although Russian athletes cleared by the IAAF were allowed to compete as neutrals at last year’s world championships.Such athletes will again be allowed to compete as neutrals in the European Championships, which are scheduled to start in Berlin on Aug 7.But all hope is not lost for Russia as the country could be provisionally reinstated to worldwide track and field competition in December if it meets certain conditions, the IAAF stated.”They have made significant improvement in meeting the outstanding requirements,” Rune Andersen, the IAAF’s Russia task force head, said during a two-day meeting in Argentina’s capital.”In fact, in some cases, they have gone above and beyond what is required.”advertisementAndersen, however, said three conditions had to be met before Russia could be readmitted to international competition.Firstly, RUSAF (the Russian Athletics Federation) has to pay for costs incurred by the IAAF as a result of the scandal.The WADA must also reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), which depends on the country acknowledging the findings that officials at the Russian ministry of sports orchestrated the doping of its athletes, and its cover-up.Finally, Russian authorities have to give access to data from doping tests carried out at RUSADA’s Moscow laboratory from 2011-15.WADA is communicating with Russian authorities to try to resolve these issues before the meeting of the doping agency’s executive committee in September.”We hope there will be a breakthrough,” Andersen said. “If these points are resolved before the (IAAF) Council’s next meeting in Monaco in December 2018, then the Task Force would hope and expect to be able to recommend that RUSAF would be provisionally reinstated at that time.”(With agency inputs)last_img