MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) is disappointed with the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to delay RusAF’s reinstatement, RusAF President Dmitry Shlyakhtin told TASS on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, IAAF Council in Monaco decided to extend RusAF’s suspension.
"RusAF regrets the IAAF’s decision," Shlyakhtin said. "What’s next? Now, our athletes will apply for participation in international competitions of the forthcoming season. The process will be the same as last year."
"Athletes whose applications are okeyed by the IAAF will be able to compete next season as neutrals. On our part, we will continue to work to do our best to see to it that Russian track and field athletics is associated only with clean and honest athletes. Naturally, we are waiting for information about further steps we must take to have a clear understanding of a roadmap we are to be guided in the immediate future," he said.
RusAF’s suspension makes it impossible for Russian track and field athlete to take part in international competitions under the Russian flag. They can do that only as neutrals.
RusAF’s membership in the IAAF was suspended in November 2015 following an investigation into doping abuses in Russian sports carried out by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission. An independent IAAF Taskforce on RusAF’s reinstatement process was formed It is led by Rune Andersen of Norway. One of the reinstatement conditions is reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s (RUSADA) membership in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). However, on November 16, the WADA Foundation Board refused to do that.