MOSCOW, July 24. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Sunday it will not reconsider Russian track and field athletes’ Olympic bids.
The executive board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday allowed Russia to take part in the Rio 2016 Olympics but upheld the IAAF’s suspension of Russian track and field athletes. Later in the day, secretary general of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) Mikhail Butov expressed the hope IAAF would finally revise its decision on Russian athletes and reconsider their bids.
"The IAAF as was clearly mentioned in the IOC statement, has already been through the process and established its eligibility pool with regard to Russian athletes," the IAAF press service told TASS.
WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports law professor Richard McLaren, released a report on Monday on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
The commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service (FSB) supported the doping program in Russian sports.
Following the report WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations to ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.
The IOC Executive Board held a telephone conference on Tuesday regarding the WADA Independent Commission’s report on the widespread doping abuse and manipulations at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and announced a number of provisional measures as a result.
On Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) turned down the appeal from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 national athletes against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), thus closing the doors for Russian field and track athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.