MONTE CARLO – The Athletics’ world governing body IAAF voted to extend Russia’s doping ban from international competitions.
The country has been suspended by the IAAF since November 2015 over a massive doping and corruption scandal uncovered by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and missed the Rio Olympics after the ban was twice extended in March and June of this year.
Although Rune Andersen, head of the IAAF Taskforce, reported that Russia’s athletics federation (RusAF) has made further progress towards satifsying the reinstatement conditions as of June, the 207th IAAF council meeting still concluded that they are not ready to return to competition.
According to Andersen, the RusAF’s progress includes rolling out anti-doping education modules for coaches and athletes, securing cooperation between Russian criminal authorities and their French counterparts, and the Russian parliament passing a new law criminalizing the supply of prohibited substances to athletes.
In the meantime, Russian athletes can still apply to the IAAF doping review board to compete individually if they have been subject to robust testing.
The next major international track and field event for Russians is the European Indoor Championships to be held from March 3-5 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Source : Internet