23 September 2019

No change in RusAF status – IAAF Council Meeting

The IAAF Council announced today (23) that there had been no change in status of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF). Reporting to the 218th IAAF Council Meeting in Doha, Rune Andersen, the independent chairman of the IAAF Taskforce, said that while some progress has been made, key issues remain outstanding that prevent the reinstatement of RusAF.

Andersen said the task force noted that recent allegations that banned coaches continued to work with athletes were found to be true, putting into question the integrity of RusAF’s anti-doping efforts. “There is a recurring problem of athletes and local athletics federations working with banned coaches which undermines the creation of any strong anti-doping culture,” Andersen said. “It is premature to tell if the reported measures taken by RusAF will work, therefore the associated conditions for reinstatement have not been met.”

Andersen also said that investigations into the LIMS data provided by the Moscow were still ongoing. “The AIU has not yet confirmed that the data is authentic and untampered,” Andersen said. “This reinstatement condition has not been met, either.” Additionally, an AIU investigation is still underway into allegations that senior RusAF officials were involved in fabricating medical records in an effort to avoid an anti-doping violation for high jumper Danil Lysenko.

Andersen said that the Task Force has taken note of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision at its Executive Board meeting in Tokyo today to open a compliance proceeding against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) over inconsistencies in data supplied to WADA earlier this year. Andersen also reported that RusAF has paid the latest invoice in the amount of $187,039 for costs incurred in the quarter ending 30 June 2019.

In the meantime, Russian athletes who have been granted ‘Authorised Neutral Athlete’ status by the Doping Review Board have continued to compete in international competitions. A Russian team participated in the European Games in Minsk in June 2019, and 30 athletes have been permitted to participate as authorised neutral athletes at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.

• This media release was published by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on 23 September 2019. Click here for the original. 

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