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IAAF: reinstatement of Russian athletics federation is priority

August 21, 5:45 UTC+3 RIO DE JANEIRO
The reinstatement process will continue after receiving the response to the IAAF commission report, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said
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RIO DE JANEIRO, August 21. /TASS/. Reinstatement of the Russian athletics federation in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is a priority, the IAAF said on Sunday in the press release.

"The reinstatement of the Russian athletics federation is a priority. The IAAF Taskforce met in Rio (16) during the Games and hopes to resume discussions with the Russian Olympic Committee’s Interim Coordination Committee to establish a clean safe environment for its athletes so that its federation and team can return to international competition," the IAAF said.

The reinstatement process will continue after receiving the response to the IAAF commission report, IAAF President Sebastian Coe said at the press conference on Sunday.

Coe said the IAAF intends to continue working with Russia’s Interim Coordination Committee and it is important not to lose time.

Russian track and field athletes were banned from the Rio Olympics 2016 because of the disqualification of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (RAF). Long jumper Darya Klishina, who lives and trains abroad, was the only Russian athlete allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics.

On July 21, the Court of Arbitration for Sport unanimously dismissed an appeal by the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian track-and-field athletes against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which had forbidden them to compete in Rio.

Coe also said that IAAF will return to reviewing potential involvement of Russian long jumper Darya Klishina in doping violations.

On August 15, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld Klishina’s appeal and allowed her to participate in the Games.

Coe said they will consider this matter. The IAAF will always adhere to CAS decision, he said. Coe added the IAAF has not yet seen the statement of reasons so they will continue dealing with this matter.

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