IAAF confirms dates for taskforce visit to Russia


The IAAF has confirmed its taskforce's first visit to Russia to ensure the criteria for potential reinstatement are being met will take place from January 10-11.

Russian athletics' governing body, the the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) was suspended from competition by the IAAF last month amid allegations of state-sponsored doping made in a report published by an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The IAAF set out its criteria for the ARAF to have its athletes reinstated on December 11, with the dates for the first taskforce visit settled on Wednesday following a meeting between taskforce chairperson Rune Andersen and Gennady Aleshin, chair of the Russian Olympic Committee's Coordination Committee for the re-entrance of Russian Athletics into the IAAF family of nations.

"Yesterday's [Tuesday] meeting marked the formal beginning of our work to confirm Russia's commitment to the verification process," Andersen said.

"We have established a good working relationship as the basis of our future discussions and meetings together. I look forward with my fellow members of the IAAF Taskforce to visiting Moscow in three weeks' time."