Russian Athletics Federation to File Lawsuit Against IAAF Over Suspension

© AP Photo / Gero BreloerElena Isinbaeva of Russia reacts after she won the Women's Pole Vault of the ISTAF Golden League Athletics Meeting in Berlin (File)
Elena Isinbaeva of Russia reacts after she won the Women's Pole Vault of the ISTAF Golden League Athletics Meeting in Berlin (File) - Sputnik International
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The All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) will file a lawsuit against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) over the membership suspension, ARAF President Dmitry Shliakhtin said Monday.

Athletes compete in the Women 60 m Final event at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in the Ergo Arena in the Polish coastal town of Sopot, on March 9, 2014 - Sputnik International
Press Conference Following IAAF Council Meeting (VIDEO)
CHEBOKSARY (Russia) (Sputnik) — The IAAF upheld the suspension of ARAF’s membership on Friday, virtually banning Russian athletes from the 2016 Rio Olympics. On Sunday, ARAF General Secretary Mikhail Butov said the federation may appeal the move.

"We will definitely support those athletes who will file their own lawsuits. They are absolutely 'clean' people, not besmirched by any doping stories. The federation will support their lawsuits in courts. And then we will wait for a report, and after the publication of these materials we will make a legal assessment of those documents and will probably also file a lawsuit," Shliakhtin told a press conference.

He stressed that it was too early to discuss the ARAF position.

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