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IAAF commission on Russian athletics reformations to visit Russia on Jan. 10-15

December 17, 2015, 18:58 UTC+3

The announcement came following today’s session of ROC’s provisional coordinating committee on cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF

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MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. A commission of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on the reformation of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) will pay a visit to Russia on January 10-15, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) said in a statement on Thursday.

The announcement came following today’s session of ROC’s provisional coordinating committee on cooperation with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the IAAF.

"Chairman Gennady Alyoshin delivered a report to the members of the committee on the already implemented measures and the future plans on cooperation of all involved Russian sports structures with the IAAF inspection group," the statement said. "A visit of the IAAF commission to Moscow has been scheduled for January 10-15."

The statement added that a new draft Charter of the ARAF had been agreed upon and sent for consideration to the IAAF. The draft document is expected to be published soon on the official website of the ARAF.

"The provisional coordinating committee also approved provisions on a disciplinary committee as well as on the investigative committee," the statement said. "The ARAF was also recommended to adopt the Code of Ethics. All documents will be forwarded to the IAAF in the nearest future."

Furthermore, the committee also recommended that athletes, coaches and specialists mentioned in a report of the WADA Independent Commission should not be summoned for any sort of competitions under the flag of the national team for the period of the investigation.

Doping scandal in athletics

The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published on November 9 the results of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Sports Ministry.

The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances.

RUSADA and the Moscow anti-doping laboratory subsequently suspended their activities, while WADA’s Board of Founders approved the decision of the agency’s Independent Committee that RUSADA did not comply with the Code of the international anti-doping organization.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said at its Council meeting in November that a report prepared by the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) on the struggle against doping was unsatisfactory and decided by a majority of votes to suspend Russia’s membership in the international athletics association.

Sports Minister Mutko traveled on November 25-26 to Germany’s Frankfurt, where he met with the administration of WADA, and a Road Map on the settlement of the current situation was drafted as a result of that meeting.

Experts say it is highly possible that Russian national athletics teams will be suspended from the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil next year.

The WADA Independent Commission was set up and began its work earlier, following a series of German documentaries on the alleged mass use of performance enhancing drugs among Russia’s field and track athletes.


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