Russian Federation to miss World Athletics Championships in London as doping ban extended

Russian Federation to miss World Athletics Championships in London as doping ban extended

The taskforce extended that ban in June, preventing the Russian team from competing in the Rio Olympics.

Coe said a working group would be set up to study proposals for new rules relating to changes in nationality, and that the announcement would not affect the 15 applications now being processed.

During a meeting of the International Association of Athletics Federations, or IAAF, the governing body's president Sebastian Coe told the AFP that Russia "could not be reintegrated into the sport before November". "Which means that Russia as a nation, or RusAF [the Russian Athletics Federation], is not recommended by us to be reinstated until that time".

In the report, the head of the task force Rune Andersen, noted that Russia had made some progress by establishing a committee to investigate state collusion to cover up doping by Russian track and field athletes.

"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".

He said that for Russian Federation to be reinstated, testing of the country's athletes had to be undertaken "without further incidents or difficulties".

The Taskforce also set "milestones" to be met in order to grant reinstatement including "testing of Russian athletes is taking place without any further adverse incidents or difficulties".


Over 1,000 Russian athletes were a part of the stated-sponsored doping programme between 2011 and 2015.

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

"Our priority is to return clean athletes to competition but we must all have confidence in the process", Coe said. "We must ensure they are protected and that those safeguards give confidence to the rest of the world that there is a level playing field of competition when Russians return".

London will host the World Championships between 4-13 August.

More than 60 Russian athletes have been added to the IAAF's worldwide 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".

The second allows athletes between 15 and 18 and Masters-level athletes who want to compete neutrally be allowed to apply to the organization's doping review board for individual consideration.

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