MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe has stated that Russia is moving in the right direction towards the lifting of the suspension of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF), Inside the Games said.
The IAAF suspended the ARAF in November 2015, following an investigation based on assertions related to an alleged state-sponsored doping system in Russia.
The IAAF formed a Task Force, chaired by Norway's Rune Andersen, which has been working with Russia to fulfill the conditions for reinstating the ARAF. One of the conditions is to declare the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) compliant with the code of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). However, on November 16, the Executive Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency refused to reinstate RUSADA’s.
"We set up the Task Force which created the five-step criteria by which they would be judged - and actually they're moving in the right direction and we've got some significant change," Coe said. "The Task Force reports back to the Council once or twice a year and each time they come back and say there's still more to do - but some of the challenges that we were being appraised of just a few months earlier have actually moved," he added.
The IAAF president did not say when the ARAF suspension could be lifted.
"I am faithful to the independent work of the Task Force and the Task Force will recommend to the Council when that moment is," Coe said.
On November 26, the IAAF extended the ARAF’s suspension.