MOSCOW, September 19. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday he hoped that Russia’s membership in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) would be reinstated by the beginning of the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.
"It is hard for me to say at the moment when exactly the membership of the ARAF (All-Russia Athletics Federation) will be reinstated, but the federation works hard on it," Mutko told journalists."
"I hope that our track and field athletes will be allowed to participate in the (2017) World Championship in London," he added.
Last year, the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) 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 ARAF’s membership in the global governing body of athletics and put forward a host of criteria, which the Russian ruling body of track and field sports was obliged to implement to restore its membership in the global federation.
The Russian track and field team, with an exception of long jumper Darya Klishina, was barred from taking part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro last month.