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IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics over doping scandal

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IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics over doping scandal

VIDEO SHOWS: PRESS CONFERENCE WITH CHAIR OF THE IAAF'S RUSSIA TASKFORCE RUNE ANDERSEN / FILE FOOTAGE OF RUSSIAN DOPING LAB / FILE FOOTAGE OF IAAF HEADQUARTERS SHOWS: DOHA, QATAR (MARCH 11, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) RUNE ANDERSEN, CHAIR OF THE IAAF'S RUSSIA TASKFORCE, SAYING: "So the Taskforce reported to the IAAF council today that two key issues remain outstanding for reinstatement of RUSAF.

"One, that payment of the outstanding costs be made, RUSAF has raised some logistical concerns about the payment and the IAAF will get these resolved shortly.

"Two, receipt of the analytical data and any samples that the ARU needs from the Moscow lab in order to determine which athletes have a case to answer under the IAAF anti-doping rules.

The data is currently being processed and authenticated by WADA, and WADA has committed to getting it to the ARU as a matter of priority." 2.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) RUNE ANDERSEN, CHAIR OF THE IAAF'S RUSSIA TASKFORCE, SAYING: "The Taskforce also took note of the ARD allegations that some coaches from the old regime are involved again with coaching national team athletes.

This runs counter to the assurances the Taskforce has previously received from RUSAF that it is disassociating itself from the old regime.

"The Taskforce have therefore today written to RUSAF and asked for clarifications." STORY: World athletics governing body IAAF has decided not to lift a ban on Russia's athletics federation over doping, saying on Monday (March 11) it was still waiting to receive data collected from Moscow and financial compensation for its investigations.

Russia's athletics federation (RUSAF) has been suspended since 2015 following a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that found evidence of widespread doping in the sport.

The IAAF's governing council discussed the possibility of lifting the ban at a meeting in Doha on Sunday and Monday.

But Rune Andersen, chair of the IAAF's Russia Taskforce, said Moscow had yet to meet two conditions.

"Logistical" issues had held up financial compensation, including for the Taskforce's costs and legal costs in cases Russia had brought to the courts, he said, adding that the IAAF had also not yet received analytical data and samples from a Moscow lab, which are still being assessed by WADA.

Should it fail to meet IAAF conditions, Russia could risk sending a team to September's world athletics championships in Doha, Qatar.

Individual Russian athletes would be allowed to compete as neutrals as they have since 2015 provided they meet certain criteria that showed they had operated in a dope-free environment.

Russian authorities have denied their doping programme was state-sponsored but have accepted that senior officials were involved in providing banned substances to athletes, interfering with anti-doping procedures or covering up positive tests.

The IAAF also said the Taskforce had noted comments made to German television network ARD over the weekend that some coaches, with links to the doping affair, were involved again with coaching Russian national team athletes.

"This runs counter to the assurances the Taskforce has previously received from RUSAF that it is disassociating itself from the old regime," Andersen said.

"The Taskforce have therefore today written to RUSAF and asked for clarifications." Russia's reinstatement has been rejected several times by the IAAF over the past three years.

The athletics body is the only other major sports organisation to keep Russia banned for at least the coming months.

Both WADA and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have revoked their suspensions of Russia while the International Paralympic Committee has said it will reinstate Russia by March 15.

(Production: Andy Ragg)




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