Russian athletes will miss World Championships as IAAF maintain ban
Russian track and field athletes will not be able to represent their country at the World Championships in August 2017 after the IAAF confirmed the nation's anti-doping authority is seeking full reinstatement in November.
A state-sponsored doping scandal continues to send shockwaves through sport after the IAAF banned Russians from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
The second part of the McLaren Report, released in December, claimed that over 1000 Russian athletes across 30 sports were involved in cheating. Professor Richard McLaren claimed the 2012 Olympic Games were "corrupted on an unprecedented scale".
After a meeting of the IAAF Council, Russian Taskforce chairman Rune Andersen confirmed that Russia were yet to meet the criteria to be reinstated as a member.
He said: "RUSADA representatives expressed confidence that RUSADA will be able to meet WADA condition for partial reinstatement in May 2017 and full reinstatement in November 2017."
Andersen also revealed the set of conditions that must be met by the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) before their athletes can be allowed back into competition.
- All outstanding Verification Criteria must be satisfied.
- The testing of Russian athletes must take place without further incidents or difficulties.
- RusAF explains why in the past it has been unable to and how in the future it will be able to enforce all suspensions imposed on athletes and athlete support personnel under its jurisdiction in an effective and timely fashion.
- There has been an appropriate official response by Russia to the McLaren findings that officials from the Ministry for Sport, the FSB [the Federal Security Service], and the Centre for Sport Preparation were involved in the doping scheme, either by convincingly rebutting the findings or acknowledging and properly addressing them .
- RusAF has taken demonstrable objective and practical steps to cultivate the clean sport movement championed by Andrey Dmitriev and other Russian athletes.
- WADA has reinstated RUSADA as the official, Code-compliant NADO [national anti-doping organisation] for Russia.
Andersen rounded on "negative developments", including criticism of Russia's former sports minister and current deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko and claiming that suspended coaches were still training athletes.
However, he added: "Other [developments] were positive, including productive meetings in Moscow last month with RusAF president, Dimitri Slatkin, who continues to impress the taskforce with his hard work and professionalism."
The IAAF confirmed that as of Monday, 35 Russian athletes had applied to compete as neutral athletes in international competition in 2017. All under-15 athletes were granted blanket approval to compete.