MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) made public 155 positive doping tests in 2014 which it had been concealing in the past five or seven years, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on the Russian Rossiya 24 television on Friday.
"Last year IAAF released 155 positive doping tests but in the past five or seven years neither the athletes nor national athletics federations had been aware of them," Mutko said. "So I have reiterated that doping abuse is not the problem of a country or even of athletics, it is a problem of sport and we can find a solution only by joining efforts."
The IAAF Council is to convene a conference on Friday evening to consider suspension of the membership of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF), which could entail Russian athletes’ suspension from participation in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, on the basis of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission’s report
The WADA Independent Commission delivered on Monday a report on its investigation into doping abuse allegations involving Russian athletes and recommended that the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) suspend all athletes of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) from participation in international competitions.
It also recommended on Monday to ban for life five Russian athletes and five coaches over their involvement in doping abuse violations as well as to strip the Moscow anti-doping laboratory of its license.
The ARAF sent a detailed report on its activities over the recent years to the IAAF on Thursday along with its official reaction on the report from WADA.
The IAAF is set for an urgent link-up conference later in the day to make a decision on the recommended suspension of the Russian athletics federation.
The Independent Commission of WADA was set up and began its work earlier in the air following a series of German documentaries on the alleged mass use of performance enhancing drugs among Russia’s filed and track athletes.
In December 2014 German TV Channel ARD aired a series of documentaries on alleged doping abuse in Russian sports. The ARD’s two-part documentary, entitled Geheimsache Doping (Secret Doping Case), claimed that Russian athletes systematically took banned substances on instructions from their coaches.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in June his deep disappointment with the rise of positive doping cases registered among Russian athletes and urged to enhance the fight against the abuse of performance enhancing drugs.
On August 1 this year ARD released another documentary "Doping - Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics." The film claimed that ARD and British newspaper The Sunday Times had obtained a leaked database belonging to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which contained more than 12,000 blood tests from around 5,000 athletes in the years 2001 to 2012.
ARD further alleged that a third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests but none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.
The Sunday Times also alleged that Russian athletes suspected of doping abuse had won 80% of medals for their country at Olympic Games and World Championships between 2001 and 2012.