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Russian Track and Field Doping Ban Not Being Lifted Soon

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Russian runners at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. (AP Photo/Thomas Kienzle, File)
 

By    |   Tuesday, 07 Feb 2017 12:00 PM

The Russian track and field doping ban that knocked many of the country's top athletes from the Rio Olympics last summer will be maintained because of continued problems with testing at the national level, the International Association of Athletics Federations said on Monday.

An IAAF task force, led by independent chairman Run Andersen, recommended that the Russian Athletics Federation not be reinstated until certain conditions were met.

The IAAF has kept Russian athletes from its competitions since November 2015, according to CNN, and last July the Court for the Arbitration of Sports rejected an appeal from the Russian Olympic Committee to allow its athletes to compete in the Brazil 2016 Olympics.

"While acknowledging several positive developments at its recent meetings in Moscow last month … the taskforce pointed to some negative developments since its last report to council in December," said the IAAF.

"These have included unhelpful public comments recently made by some Russian sporting officials. (The Russian Athletics Federation) also continues to face practical and legal difficulties in enforcing provisional doping bans and there continues to be very limited testing of Russian track and field athletes at the national level as well as troubling incidents at what testing is taking place."

The IAAF laid out a "roadmap" for Russian reinstatement that included that all outstanding verification criteria be satisfied; continued testing of Russian athletes "without further incidents or difficulties," and for Russian officials to explain how it will impose suspensions on penalized athletes.

The organization said it also wanted an official response from Russian officials that they were involved in a "doping scheme" and lay out steps to "cultivate the clean sports movement."

The Guardian said Monday's decision would likely keep Russian athletes banned through the World Athletics Championships this summer in London.

The IAAF will allow some Russian athletes to compete under a neutral flag in the world championships if they can prove they have been tested regularly outside of Russia. So far, 35 Russian athletes have applied to the IAAF for approval, noted the newspaper.

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The Russian track and field doping ban that knocked many of the country's top athletes from the Rio Olympics last summer will be maintained because of continued problems with testing at the national level, the International Association of Athletics Federations said on Monday.
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