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Russia make progress on anti-doping but still 'issues' - IAAF

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 01:35

IAAF says Russian anti-doping efforts have made progress but that there are still 'issues'.

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 31, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDEPENDENT CHAIR PERSON OF THE IAAF TASKFORCE, RUNE ANDERSEN, SAYING: "We have the taskforce has outlined that material progress has been made but there are still issues which need to be resolved as we move forward with the work we're doing with RUSAF. The Council agreed to our recommendations to continue to suspend RUSAF and to recommend to the IAAF Congress to continue the suspension until all of the conditions set by the Council has been met." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDEPENDENT CHAIR PERSON OF THE IAAF TASKFORCE, RUNE ANDERSEN, SAYING: "I can confirm that our impression is that they really want to meet all the conditions and all the criteria that has been set. It is clear they have shown huge progress since we started this journey in November 2015 but as I said in my introduction there are still remaining issues to be resolved. Whether that can happen tomorrow or later it's too early to say. We just need to work with Russia, with RUSAF and with the authorities to try to remedy and to meet the criteria and that's when the reinstatement can happen." STORY: The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said progress has been made with Russia's anti-doping procedures but there are still 'issues' and therefore a suspension will remain in place. Russia's head of athletics Dmitry Shlyakhtin is travelling to London this week to address the sport's governing body in a bid to have his country's international ban lifted. Shlyakhtin, president of Russia's athletics federation (RUSAF), will make a speech at the IAAF Congress on Thursday, a day before the World Championships begin at the London Stadium. RUSAF has been banned since November 2015 after an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) inquiry exposed state-sponsored doping on a massive scale. Russia's deputy prime minister, Vitaly Mutko, said last week that RUSAF was unlikely to be reinstated during the Congress, although 19 Russian athletes have been given permission to compete as neutrals in London. The Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) is still deemed non-compliant by WADA even though it has been allowed to resume testing under the supervision of international appointed experts and the UK anti-doping agency (UKAD), after meeting conditions set down by the global anti-doping body. Both the IAAF and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) still regard Russia as non-compliant.

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Russia make progress on anti-doping but still 'issues' - IAAF

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 01:35