The president of the IAAF, Sebastian Coe (c); the president of the independent group to verify the progress of Russia in the anti-doping fight, Rune Andersen, and the director of communication, Jackie Brock-Doyle, on November 26, 2017 in Monaco
The International Athletics Federation (IAAF) maintains the suspension to Russia imposed in November 2015 because of an institutionalized doping system, announced on Sunday.
This decision comes a few days after the crucial meeting to be held by the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (5-7 December in Lausanne), which must decide on Russia’s participation in the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang (9-25 February ).
„Some of the conditions for the rehabilitation of Russia were met, but other criteria not yet, 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 of an institutionalized doping (. … As long as it does not admit what happened, we will not be convinced that it will not happen again, „said Rune Andersen, president of the independent group set up by the IAAF to verify Russia’s progress in the anti-doping fight.
The next meeting of the IAAF Council will not take place before the 2018 World Indoor Championships (1-4 March in Birmingham), so the Russians will not be able to participate in this competition.
Russian athletics has not been present in the competitions since November 2015. Some Russian athletes have been able to compete under neutral flag in very specific cases.
In the last World Cups, 19 athletes were able to compete fulfilling a series of requirements.
The IAAF opened the door for athletes who could demonstrate that their training methods had nothing to do with the generalized doping system. One of the criteria is that your name does not appear in the McLaren report.
The reanalyses of the samples of the Beijing-2015 World Cups are also mandatory.