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Sport minister: IAAF should explain what other actions it expects from Russia

June 18, 14:35 UTC+3
On Friday, IAAF decided at its session to keep in force suspension of the All-Russian Athletics Federation’s (ARAF) membership
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Vitaly Mutko

Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, June 18. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) should explain to Russia what other actions it should undertake to restore the status of the national athletics, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Saturday.

On Friday, IAAF decided at its session to keep in force suspension of the All-Russian Athletics Federation’s (ARAF) membership. The suspension means that Russian field and track athletes are currently ineligible to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. This decision means that Russia’s track and field athletes still have no rights to travel for 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, the International Olympic Committee may decide at its June 21 session to admit Russian athletes to the Rio Olympics.

"We want to realize what else we should do," he said. "Has the organization decided there were insufficient efforts to protect the athletes? All right. We are not going to get isolated, we are ready to cooperate with everyone, on a positive basis."

The independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published on November 9 the results of its probe into the activities of the all-Russian Athletics Federation, 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 said at its Council meeting in November that a report prepared by the All-Russian Athletics Federation on the struggle against doping was unsatisfactory and decided by a majority of votes to suspend Russia’s membership in the international athletics association.

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