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Guardian: IAAF upholds ban for Russian athletes to take part in Rio Olympics

June 17, 17:10 UTC+3
Russian athletes won’t be able to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro unless the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) restores Russia’s membership
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VIENNA, June 17. /TASS/. The Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decided at its session on Friday to keep in force membership’s suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), British daily The Guardian reported citing its unnamed source.

According to the British daily, the decision was made due to Russia’s failure to implement the previously set requirements of the IAAF.

Russian athletes won’t be able to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro unless the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) restores Russia’s membership.

Mikhail Butov, a Russian member of the IAAF Council, was reported earlier in the day to leave the session in the middle of discussions.

In light of numerous doping scandals, which hit the Russian sports in recent years, the IAAF temporarily suspended late last year the membership of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) in the organization.

The suspension means that Russian field and track athletes are currently ineligible to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. The IAAF’s Council gathered in Austria’s Vienna on Friday to make a decision on the restoration of ARAF’s membership.

Following the ARAF’s suspension last November, the IAAF set up its Taskforce group with the aim of overseeing the implementation of reforms in the ARAF, necessary for the restoration of Russia’s membership in the global organization.

The Taskforce is headed by its Independent Chair Rune Andersen alongside IAAF Council’s members - Abby Hoffman, the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada, Anna Riccardi, a Technical Delegate for the Rio Olympic Games and Italy’s National Olympic Committee’s Head of Team Services Sport and Olympic Programme Area, Frank Fredericks from Namibia, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Chairman of the IAAF Athletes’ Commission, and Geoff Gardner, the president of the Oceania Athletics Association (Norfolk Island).

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