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IAAF Taskforce Recommends Extending Suspension of Russian Athletics Federation

© AP Photo / Lionel CironneauA photographer pictures the logo at the IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation) (File)
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Taskforce of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) recommended on Monday to the federation's Congress to extend suspension of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) until all requirements for resumption are met.

Journalists are seen near a logo of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at a hotel where the IAAF council holds a meeting in Vienna, Austria, June 17, 2016 - Sputnik International
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"The Taskforce considered that material progress had been made towards reaching several of the conditions established by Council for reinstatement of RusAF to IAAF membership, but those conditions have not yet been met in full, and several important steps remain outstanding," the IAAF statement said.

Thus, RusAF did not show the taskforce that it had formed a strong and effective anti-doping infrastructure and created an atmosphere in which the activities of informants are encouraged. It also noted that had not been advised of any problems arising since April 2017 in the testing of Russian athletes by the IAAF's Athletics Integrity Unit or at national level under the supervision of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD).

The IAAF Council unanimously agreed to continue the suspension back at the beginning of July, the taskforce added.

"This report has gone to Congress to support the proposal to continue the suspension of RusAF's membership of the IAAF until all of the conditions set by Council for the cure of RusAF's breaches of the objects of the IAAF and for the consequent reinstatement of RusAF's membership have been met," the taskforce concluded.

The IAAF Congress will be held in London on August 2-3, shortly before the start of the world championships in athletics. Early last week, the IAAF confirmed that 19 athletes from Russia will be allowed to take part in the competition under a neutral flag.

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