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IAAF says its top priority is to resume ARAF’s membership

November 16, 2015, 3:00 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The press service pledged the association would continue its contacts with the Russian authorities for that purpose. IT would be the best result for athletes, it said
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MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) sees it as its top priority task to resume the All-Russian Athletics Federation’s (ARAF) membership, the IAAF press service told TASS on Sunday.

The press service pledged the association would continue its contacts with the Russian authorities for that purpose. IT would be the best result for athletes, it said.

The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 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.

On Friday, IAAF Council arrived at a conclusion that the ARAF report on anti-doping measures was unconvincing and passed a decision to temporarily suspend ARAF’s membership.

Hence, Russian athletics team may be banned from taking part in both the winter championships due to take place from March 17 to 20, 2016 in the United States, and in the Olympic Games in Brazil in August 2016.

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