President of the Russian Athletics Federation ARAF) Dmitry Shlyakhtin facing the press in Moscow, February 21, 2017
The International Athletics Federation (IAAF) has maintained the suspension of Russia, banned since November 2015 due to institutionalized doping, announced Sunday the IAAF.
The decision comes just days before a crucial meeting of the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (5-7 December in Lausanne) to decide on Russia’s participation in the Winter Olympics (9-25 February).
„Certain conditions have been met to rehabilitate Russia, but other criteria still remain, such as the rehabilitation of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency as an independent Anti-Doping Agency and the recognition by the Russian authorities of the conclusions of the McLaren report and of doping instituted by the highest authorities of the state.As long as it is not recognized what happened previously, there will be no assurance that things will not happen again, „said Rune Andersen , the chairman of the Independent Task Force set up by the IAAF to check Russia’s progress in the fight against doping.
As the next IAAF Council meeting does not take place before the 2018 World Indoor Championships (1-4 March in Birmingham), the Russians will be excluded from this competition, as they were for the 2016 Olympic Games. and the Worlds-2017.
Russian athletics has been without competitions since November 2015. However, some Russian athletes have the option to line up under a neutral flag under certain strict conditions. Nineteen of them took part in the last World Championships.
The IAAF has indeed proposed a way out for Russian athletes who could show that their course and training methods were not tainted by the generalized system of doping. One of the criteria states that none of them should be included in the McLaren report. Reanalyses of samples taken at the 2015 Beijing World Championships are also mandatory if the athletes have participated.