IAAF decides to extend Russian Federation’s ban
Task Force recommends that the country has not met conditions for immediate reinstatement.
Russian athletes will not be able to compete under their country’s flag for the second straight World Championships after the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) decided to extend a ban imposed for its doping code violations.
The IAAF Council, which met in Doha on Monday, took the decision on the recommendation of its Task Force set up to oversee Russia’s reinstatement process. The Task Force, headed by Norway’s Rune Andersen, was clear that Russia had not met certain conditions that would facilitate its return.
Andersen, speaking at a press conference along with IAAF President Sebastian Coe, said it was disconcerting that banned athletes and coaches were still active in Russia.
“There’s a recurring problem of athletes and local athletics bodies working with banned coaches which undermines the creation of any strong anti-doping culture,” said Andersen said.
“It’s premature to tell if the reported measures taken by the RusAF (Russian Athletics Federation) will work, therefore the associated conditions for reinstatement haven’t been met,” he added.
Earlier in the day, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said it had opened a compliance procedure against Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) after inconsistencies were noticed in the data it received from the Moscow laboratory. The lab has been at the centre of a doping storm, facing several allegations of cover-ups and manipulation of samples.
“We’re aware of the allegations of manipulation of the data and that an investigation is ongoing,” said Andersen.
Meanwhile, Russian athletes without any links to doping has been allowed to compete as Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA). A total of 30 such athletes have been permitted to participate at the Doha World Championships.