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IAAF must comply with principles it formulated for ARAF — Russian sports minister

November 20, 2015, 10:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russia will have to comply with these principles, whether is likes them or not, provided that the IAAF itself conforms to them, the Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko says
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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, November 20. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) itself must conform to the principles, which it outlined for the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF), Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS.

On Thursday, the IFFA made public five principles upon which the ARAF inspection criteria will be based.

IAAF came up with the following principles: introducing immediate corrective and disciplinary measures; establishing an effective and operational anti-doping framework in Russia; structural and regulatory reforms to deter and reduce the existing incentives to engage in doping; implementing a robust, transparent and efficient anti-doping testing program; ensuring the WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] Code compliance going forward.

The international association also believes that it is necessary to introduce criminal liability in Russia for distributing illicit drugs.

"Evaluating these principles is a senseless idea. Whether we like them or not, we will have to comply with the principles put forward by them, but provided that the [IAAF] themselves conform to these principles, since this is not a criminal case against us," Mutko said.

Doping scandal in athletics

On November 9, an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency published the results of an inquiry into the activities of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency and the Sports Ministry. The WADA report came up with a number of accusations against officials and athletes urging the International Association of Athletics Federation to disqualify the All-Russian Athletics Federation.

The IAAF Council on Friday found the report of the All-Russian Athletics Federation on fighting against doping unconvincing and overwhelmingly voted to temporarily suspend the Russian national federation’s membership in this international organization. There is a possibility that Russia’s track-and-field team will not be able to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

Currently Russian track-and-field athletes have no right to compete at the international competitions under the auspices of the IAAF.

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