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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Presidium of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) resigned on Monday after receiving the recommendations by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Russian Sports Ministry and transferred its credentials to the ROC working group, the RusAF press service reported.

    The recommendations followed the last week's statement by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) Board asking the World Athletics Council to maintain the suspension of the Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) process in regard to Russian athletes and to consider the expulsion of RusAF from the membership of World Athletics.

    The AIU charges, which include the failure to cooperate with an investigation, related to the conduct of senior RusAF officials during the investigation into whereabouts violations committed by Russian high-jumper Danil Lysenko, who was provisionally suspended for missing drug tests in August 2018.

    RusAF membership in the World Athletics was suspended in November 2015 over allegations of anti-doping rules violations in Russian sports. The Russian authorities have repeatedly refuted the accusations of running a doping program but acknowledged that the country's athletics had some problems with doping that were being tackled.

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    Russian Olympic Committee, Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF), Russia
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