IAAF again lead way against doping by upholding ban on Russian athletes
- IAAF’s decision confirmed at annual congress in Monaco on Tuesday
- It will embarrass WADA, who reinstated Russia despite failing to meet conditions
- Russia banned in 2015 after revelations of state-sponsored doping programmme
Matt Lawton for the Daily Mail
The IAAF have once again led the way in taking a stance against Russian doping by upholding their ban of the country’s athletes into 2019.
A decision that will embarrass the World Anti-Doping Agency, who have reinstated Russia despite their failure to meet all the necessary conditions, was confirmed at the IAAF’s annual congress in Monaco on Tuesday.
Led by the IAAF president Lord Coe, the global governing body banned Russia in November 2015 following revelations of a state-sponsored doping programme.
IAAF and president Lord Coe have led the way in taking a stance against Russian doping
On Tuesday the IAAF said the ban will remain in place until samples and data from Moscow’s former anti-doping laboratory are made available, and Russia will also be ordered to pay costs incurred by the work of the IAAF’s task force.
‘I hope they’ll deliver the data by the end of this year,’ said Rune Andersen, head of the IAAF’s task force on Russia. ‘But I cannot go any further than that. We’ve received no assurances that it will be delivered to us directly.
‘Assurances have been given to WADA, and WADA have set a deadline of December 31 to receive the data. We’ll have to rely on receiving the data before handing it to the Athletics Integrity Unit.’
Rune Andersen hopes Russia will supply samples and data by the end of this year
This is the ninth time the IAAF has turned down Russia’s appeal for reinstatement and it means they will not be allowed to compete under their own flag at the European Indoor Championships in February.
Mims Davies, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: ‘Doping scandals in athletics have damaged the faith of fans and competitors, and the IAAF decision today is a clear message that Russia must co-operate fully before they can be back in the fold.
‘The IAAF and WADA have set out what needs to happen. For the sake of integrity in international sport and to restore the trust of athletes and fans, Russia must allow access to the Moscow laboratory, the relevant stored test samples and data by the end of this year.’