iaaf upholds ban on russia

15:30    13 Mar 2019

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has continued its ban on the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) in relation to doping offences.

The head of the IAAF’s doping task force, Rune Andersen, said on Monday that Russia cannot be reinstated until they address two key issues: the examination of data received from the Moscow anti-doping lab and the payment of outstanding costs that have arisen from the scandal.

In addition, the IAAF are seeking clarification as to whether former head coach Valentin Maslakov, who resigned when the doping scandal was exposed in 2015, is still working fir RusAF.

This follows a report from German broadcaster ARD that Maslakov is still coaching senior Russian athletes.

The 74-year-old has not been personally implicated in the doping scandal, but he was the coach of Russia's successful 4x400m relay teams, as well as their individual 400m sprinters and hurdlers – many of those athletes have since been banned for doping offences.

According to ARD, two thirds of Russia's current coaches and support staff were working with the national team prior to 2014, when doping was rife.

In a statement, the IAAF said it “took note” of ARD's allegation, agreeing that it “runs counter to assurances the task force has previously received from RusAF that it is disassociating itself from the old regime”.

Should Russia continue to remain in the cold, their athletes will be forced to participate at major events, including the 2019 World Championships in Doha, as neutrals.

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