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RusAF sends to World Athletics detailed strategic plan on its rights reinstatement

March 1 was the deadline set by World Athletics for RusAF to submit the detailed plan

MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) has sent to World Athletics a detailed strategic plan of the federation’s reinstatement in its rights, RusAF acting President Irina Privalova said on Tuesday.

The detailed plan was worked out by RusAF in collaboration with experts from the world’s governing body of track and field athletics, World Athletics. March 1 was the deadline set by World Athletics for RusAF to submit the detailed plan.

"We have sent to World Athletics on Saturday a strategic plan and all accompanying documents," Privalova told journalists.

"RusAF has also asked the international federation to give Russian athletes as soon as possible an opportunity of participating in the European Athletics Indoor Championship under the neutral flag," she said. "This is because the deadline for submitting applications is February 24."

The 2021 European Athletics Indoor Championships is scheduled to be hosted by Poland’s Torun on March 4-7.

Due to the currently suspended membership of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) with World Athletics Russian track and field athletes have no right for participating in international tournaments even under the neutral status.

In March 2020, the World Athletics Council ruled to fine RusAF $5 million for an alleged involvement of the previous executive administration’s attempt to forge official documents of high jumper Danil Lysenko. RusAF paid the fine on August 12, 2020.

In early December, World Athletics decided to postpone its decision on the issuance of neutral status for Russian athletes until the world’s governing body of track and field athletics received a final detailed plan on RusAF’s status reinstatement.

World Athletics, suspended RusAF’s membership in November 2015, following a wave of anti-doping rules violations and formed a special mission on the issue.

World Athletics, however, allowed clean athletes from Russia to participate in international tournaments under the neutral status or the Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) until the membership of the RusAF is reinstated. The ANA status prohibits Russian athletes from participating in all international track and field tournaments under the national flag.