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MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) Inspection Team will visit Russia next month after the new president of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) is elected on January 16, ARAF said on its website on Wednesday.
The IAAF Inspection Team made its first visit to Russia on January 11-12.
Sessions also focused on organizational issues that are necessary to quickly consider doping cases, investigating problems mentioned in the report by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission, collecting information about the location of athletes and comprehensive testing of Russian athletes before WADA restores the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA), as well as educational and other measures necessary for introducing zero tolerance policy for doping in Russian athletics.
"The working group stressed the importance of demonstrating the recognition of existing problems and of introducing real and long-term changes in Russian athletics. It was done by Aleshin (head of Russian Olympic Committee’s Coordination Committee for cooperation with WADA and IAAF) and his colleagues," IAAF Inspection Team Chair Rune Andersen said.
"We are glad that we had an opportunity to meet with the IAAF Inspection Team and hold constructive and professional discussions. We consider it to be our duty to work with Rune Andersen and his colleagues to move forward and fulfill all demands of IAAF," Aleshin said.
The new president of ARAF will be elected on January 16. Among main candidates for this post are ARAF Secretary General Mikhail Butov, Samara Region’s Sports Minister Dmitry Shlyakhtin, 2010 European champion in high jump Alexander Shustov and former athlete Maxim Karamashev.
The IAAF Inspection Team will visit Russia after the new ARAF president is elected to hold another session with the Coordination Committee.
The Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published on November 9 the results of its probe into the activities of the 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.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko traveled on November 25-26 to Germany’s Frankfurt, where he met with the administration of WADA, and a roadmap 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 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.
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.