MOSCOW, July 29./TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko expressed confidence on Friday that the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) will restore its IAAF membership before the end of the year.
"I am absolutely confident that before the yearend, the ARAF may be returned within the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations)," Mutko said.
On June 17, the IAAF Council ruled it is too early to re-grant membership to ARAF and suspended Russian athletes from all international tournaments, including the 2016 Olympic Games. Later, the IAAF’s anti-doping department rejected applications from all Russian athletes for participation in international competitions, including the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, except for long jump athlete Darya Klishina, who is trained outside Russia.
The 31st Summer Olympic Games, the very first for South America, is scheduled to be held in Rio from August 5 to 21. The Paralympic Games will take place between September 7 and 18.