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Russian reinstatement unlikely before November - IAAF

Monday, February 06, 2017 - 01:42

The IAAF say Russia are unlikely to be reinstated to membership before November, although they do leave the door open for Russian athletes to compete independently.

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SENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT SHOWS: MONACO, FRANCE (FEBRUARY 6, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. IAAF OFFICIALS ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE 2. IAAF PRESIDENT SEBASTIAN COE DURING NEWS CONFERENCE 3. NEWS CONFERENCE UNDERWAY 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF IAAF TASK FORCE ON RUSSIA, RUNE ANDERSEN, SAYING: "The roadmap that I outlined here now, and to the council earlier, clearly states that there will be no reinstatement until RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency) is functioning. There was one milestone in May, when they will start conducting testing and there will be - presumably, if everything goes in accordance with the plan - be a full reinstatement by November 2017, which means that Russia as a nation, or RUSAF (Russia's athletics federation), is not recommended by us to be reinstated until that time. The participation from Russian athletes is a different issue. Because since June of last year there has been a possibility for athletes to apply for eligibility to participate in international competitions. That still stands and Russian athletes will be able to apply for such participation." STORY: Russia will remain suspended from international athletics and is unlikely to be reinstated before November, the sport's governing body (IAAF) said on Monday (February 6). Rune Anderson, head of an IAAF task force, said Russia had been presented with a list of demands before it could be allowed to compete again. He told reporters he did not expect Russia to be re-admitted before November this year, meaning its athletes will not be able to compete in the world championships in August. "There was one milestone in May, when they will start conducting testing and there will be - presumably, if everything goes in accordance with the plan - be a full reinstatement by November 2017, which means that Russia as a nation, or RUSAF (Russia's athletics federation), is not recommended by us to be reinstated until that time," said Anderson. "The participation from Russian athletes is a different issue. Because since June of last year there has been a possibility for athletes to apply for eligibility to participate in international competitions. That still stands and Russian athletes will be able to apply for such participation," he added. Russia's athletics federation (RUSAF) was banned in November 2015 after an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) probe exposed state-sponsored doping on a massive scale. The suspension was upheld last year, ruling almost all Russian track and field athletes out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Despite these difficulties, IAAF President Sebastian Coe remains positive about Russian involvement in athletics going forward.

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Russian reinstatement unlikely before November - IAAF

Monday, February 06, 2017 - 01:42