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Olympic official: Russia set to respond to IAAF’s decision on national track and field ban

August 26, 16:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On June 17, the IAAF Council ruled it was still early to restore ARAF’s membership
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MOSCOW, August 26. /TASS/. Russia is ready to respond to the decision made over two months ago by the Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) regarding the membership of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) in the global organization, Gennady Alyoshin, an official with the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), told TASS on Friday.

On June 17, basing on the report of its working group the IAAF Council ruled it was still early to restore ARAF’s membership in the international organization and suspended Russian athletes from all international tournaments, including the 2016 Olympic Games.

"The response to the working group’s report, delivered in Vienna on June 17 is ready," Alyoshin, who is the head of the ROC’s Interim Coordinating Committee in charge of ARAF’s membership restoration in IAAF, said in an interview with TASS.

"We are ready to provide the organization’s working group with this response," he said. "I will not be opening the details at the moment but can say that it is completely different to what we discussed previously."

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 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.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday he hoped that the ARAF would restore its membership in IAAF by autumn.

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