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Russia makes big progress towards regaining IAAF membership

December 01, 2016, 23:31 UTC+3 MONTE CARLO
The Russian Athletic Federation had made notable progress in terms of resuming membership of the IAAF, while Russia’s State Duma lower house of parliament had passed a law protecting clean athletes
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MONTE CARLO, Monaco, December 1. /TASS/. Russian Athletic Federation has made considerable steps towards regaining membership of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Rune Andersen, the chief of the IAAF workgroup told a news conference here on Thursday.

He said he was going to tell the IAAF board later on the same day that the Russian Athletic Federation had made notable progress in terms of resuming membership of the IAAF, while Russia’s State Duma lower house of parliament had passed a law protecting clean athletes.

In January 2017, an inspection team will visit Russia, and after its visit a report on its results will be made, Andersen said, adding that the report will most likely be published in February.

The IAAF set up the inspection team at the end of 2015. It is also referred to as a workgroup supervising the course of changes in the Russian track and field.

The move to set it up followed a decision to suspend Russia’s membership of the IAAF. The workgroup chaired by Rune Andersen of Norway also includes four members of the IAAF board - Abby Hoffman of Canada, Anna Riccardi of Italy, Frank Fredericks of Namibia, and Geoff Gardner of Norfolk Island.

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