News 17 June 2016

Russian Ministry of Sport ‘extremely disappointed’ by IAAF decision

The Russian Ministry of Sport (MoS) has said that it is ‘extremely disappointed’ with the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to ‘extend the suspension of Russian national athletics teams from international competitions’. The IAAF has yet to formally announce the suspension, however it appears to have been trumped by the MoS.

In the statement, the MoS said that it had met all of the conditions required by the IAAF to be reinstated, and appealed to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take more time to consider the situation. On Tuesday in Lausanne, the IOC will consider how it might allow Russian athletes who can prove that they are clean to compete in Rio. The IOC began considering such a plan at the end of May, following a suggestion by its President, Thomas Bach.

How this might happen has been the source of much debate. Australian IOC member John Coates, who is also President of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), told The Guardian that athletes may have to prove that they were regularly tested outside of Russia in order to qualify for Rio. “My guess is they’d have to establish they were regularly tested outside of Russia by an anti-doping authority and the samples were analysed outside of Russia on an regular basis”, he told the newspaper.

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