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Russia’s track and field body unlikely to reinstate its membership this year — IAAF chief

IAAF President Sebastien Coe says individual Russian athletes may perform in the world championships in London in a neutral capacity

MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. A currently-suspended membership of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is unlikely to be reinstated this year, Sky News television channel cited IAAF President Sebastien Coe as saying on Friday.

"This year? Probably not, but we may still see individual Russian athletes in the world championships in London in a neutral capacity," the IAAF chief told Sky News.

"I don't think (the decision) came as a huge surprise to RUSAF (All-Russia Athletics Federation)," Coe said. "And of course WADA has still to look at RUSAF as being code-compliant."

"We work very well with the new president of RUSAF (Dmitry Shlyakhtin)," the IAAF chied said. ""And the view of the commission is that there is a recognition (in Russia) of a need for change, particularly with traditional coaching methods."

"Some progress had been made... but there are still some areas where we want to see more progress," Coe added.

In 2015, 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.

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.