Published: Tue, February 07, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

IAAF approves extension of Russian doping ban

IAAF approves extension of Russian doping ban

The Russian Athletics Federation was banned from global competition in November 2015 after an investigation by the independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) concluded that the Russian government was behind a widespread doping scheme.

"The Taskforce's recommendation, which Council approved, was that RusAF was not ready for reinstatement", the document said.

At the meeting, Lord Coe, the IAAF president, also said that all nationality switches by athletes would be frozen.

Russian Federation has conceded that some of its athletes cheated but denies the existence of a state-sponsored doping program.

The ban had already been extended in March and then June 2016, preventing Russia's athletes from competing at the Rio Olympics.

That is not expected to happen until November at the earliest.

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The IAAF said it had now had applications from 35 Russians to be allowed to compete on that basis.

The Russian anti-doping agency needs to be fully compliant with the World Anti-Doping Agency before any reinstatement of the country's athletes can take place.

Anderson also demanded "an appropriate official response" by Russian Federation to the McLaren report findings that sports ministry and security service officials were involved in the doping cover-ups.

"We have always been at pains to provide an opportunity for athletes who demonstrate they are from a clean system, where we are comfortable that the registered testing pool is a valid one, and that they are under global supervision", said Coe. "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".

" 'The task force does consider, however, that if there are individual athletes can clearly and convincingly show that they are not tainted by the Russian system because they have been outside the country or subject to other strong anti-doping systems, including effective drug testing, then there should be a process through which they can apply for permission to compete in worldwide competition - not for Russia, but as a neutral athlete, ' [Andersen said]".

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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