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MOSCOW, December 1. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is likely to restore the suspended membership of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) by the next year’s spring, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Thursday.
"I hope that the ARAF will be reinstated by the start of the spring season," Mutko, who oversees the issues regarding sports, tourism and youth policies in Russia, told journalists.
Last year, the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission carried out an investigation in regard to the activities of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (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.
In mid-June June, the IAAF Council ruled it was still too early to restore ARAF’s membership in the international organization subsequently extending the suspension of Russian athletes from all international tournaments, including the 2016 Olympic Games in August.