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ARAF president to be elected in September — Russian sports minister

August 05, 2016, 15:37 UTC+3

"We should start taking measures today to restore our athletics", Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said

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MOSCOW, August 5. /TASS/. President of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) will be elected in September, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told journalists on Friday.

"We should start taking measures today to restore our athletics. In September, a head of the organization (ARAF) should be elected," Mutko said.

Current ARAF President Dmitry Shlyakhtin told TASS earlier that election is preliminarily scheduled for December 2016.

Last year the WADA Independent Commission carried out an investigation in regard to the activities of the ARAF, the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Sports Ministry, and announced the results of the probe on November 9. 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.

Eventually, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decided to suspend All-Russian Athletics Federation’s membership in the global governing body of athletics and put forward six criteria, which ARAF was obliged to implement to restore its membership.

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