IAAF taskforce complete first Russia visit


The IAAF taskforce has completed its first visit to Russia after two days of "frank and open discussions" with the Interim Coordination Committee (ICC) of the Olympic Committee over the issues which led to Russian athletes being banned.

Allegations of state-sponsored doping made in a report published by an independent commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) led to the IAAF suspending the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) from competition in November.

The IAAF outlined reinstatement and verification criteria to ARAF last month and a taskforce travelled to Russia this week for talks with the aim of ensuring plans are in place to clean up Russian athletics.

IAAF taskforce independent chairperson Rune Andersen said on Tuesday: "We have today continued our frank and open discussions with representatives of ARAF and the Interim Coordination Commission, led by Mr Gennady Aleshin.

"The Taskforce has emphasised the need to demonstrate a recognition of current problems and a determination to effect real and lasting change in Russian athletics, and that has been recognised by Mr Aleshin and his colleagues."

ICC chairperson Mr Aleshin said: "We are glad to have had the opportunity to meet with the IAAF Taskforce for constructive and professional discussions.

"We are committed to working with Rune Andersen and his colleagues moving forward to meet all IAAF requirements."

The second part of the independent commission's report into allegations of doping will be published by WADA on Thursday.