IAAF extends ban against Russia

MONACO, Jun 9 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/9/2019 12:32:47 PM IST

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has extended its ban on Russia, despite the country being readmitted to the WADA more than six months ago.

The IAAF ban on the Russian athletics federation has been in place since November 2015, after allegations surfaced of widespread doping practices. Following extensive investigations, as well as Russia missing several major international tournaments at which its athletes were only eligible to compete as neutrals, WADA reinstated the country in September.

Russia had its Olympic membership restored after the 2018 Winter Games. However, the IAAF is yet to follow suit, maintaining its ban on Russia for the 11th time after a vote by its council. The chairman of the organization’s task force on Russia, Rune Anderson, said that there would be no change in status, amid claims that two Russian coaches and one doctor banned for doping remain involved with athletes.


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