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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, March 12, 2016
MONACO---Russia still has "sig-
nificant work" to do to repair its
anti-doping programme before
its track and field athletes can be
considered for reinstatement
ahead of the Olympics in Rio de
Janeiro, the IAAF said yesterday.
The sport s world governing
body said Russia has made progress
but not yet done enough to meet
the conditions for readmission to
global track and field competition.
The IAAF will meet again in May
for what likely will be a final deci-
sion on Russia s eligibility for the
games in August.
IAAF President Sebastian Coe
made the announcement at the
end of a two-day council meeting
in Monaco, where officials exam-
ined the efforts of the Russian fed-
eration---known as RUSAF---to
reform its anti-doping system.
"While progress has been made,
the council unanimously agreed
that the Russian authorities need
to undertake further significant
work to satisfy the reinstatement
conditions," Coe said. "RUSAF
should not be reinstated to mem-
bership of the IAAF at this stage.
The task force will report at the
next council meeting."
The next meeting will be held
on an unspecified date in May,
three months before the Olympics.
"I think you should conclude
that these decisions will be taken
at that point," Coe said, adding
that Ethiopia, Morocco, Kenya,
Ukraine and Belarus are in "critical
care" and also must seriously
improve their anti-doping pro-
Mikhail Butov, the secretary gen-
eral of Russia s track federation
who serves on the IAAF council,
accepted the decision and said
Russia still has time to fulfil the
"They reckoned that we need
to take yet more steps to satisfy
all the demands," he told Russian
news agency Tass.
"There is still a lot of time to
resolve the issues with the IAAF
and the IOC. I think we will have
enough strength for that. There
are things to work on and there s
a path to achieving our goal. We
The IAAF suspended Russia in
November after an independent
report by a World Anti-Doping
Agency panel detailed systematic
corruption and doping cover-ups
in the country, then laid down a
series of criteria for the Russians
to meet before they can be eligible
Rune Andersen, head of the
IAAF task force on Russia, backed
Coe s assessment that Russia still
has a long way to go.
"One criteria which is very, very
important, is changing the culture
of doping in Russia," he said.
"It s a first job that needs to be
The work still to be done centers
around "interviewing athletes and
coaches named in the WADA inde-
pendent commission report and
athletes and coaches who have had
anti-doping rule violations record-
ed against them," Andersen said.
He added that there have been
"delays in getting effective in and
out of competition drug testing
up and running" following the sus-
pension of Russia s national anti-
doping agency and drug-testing
Of Russia s track and field
medalists at the 2012 London
Olympics, eight have since either
served doping bans or are provi-
WADA s initial report was made
following allegations made in a
documentary by German broad-
The programme featured a
Russian whistleblower, 800-metre
runner Yulia Stepanova, who
helped expose the doping scandal.
She is hoping to be allowed to
compete at the Olympics, though
not representing Russia. Stepanova
and her husband, a former anti-
doping official, left Russia in 2014
after providing undercover footage
of apparent doping violations for
ARD s documentary.
"The council will also ask the
taskforce to consider the eligibility
of Yulia Stepanova to compete in
international competition," Coe
"I wrote a letter to both of them
saying that I was very grateful for
the help and support they had
given the task force and that, at
the appropriate time, I would be
speaking to them."
ARD aired another documentary
tomorrow, in which Russian coach
Vladimir Mokhnev was accused
of continuing to train athletes while
he serves an IAAF suspension. The
programme alleged another coach
offered banned substances for sale
and that the acting head of the
Russian anti-doping agency had
allowed an unidentified athlete to
reschedule a supposedly no-notice
Andersen said "we will be pur-
suing this with the Russian author-
Russia is not the only country
under serious pressure.
"Ethiopia and Morocco (both)
need to implement as a matter of
urgency a robust and adequate
national testing programme, both
in and out of competition," Coe
"Kenya, Ukraine and Belarus
have been put on an IAAF mon-
itoring list for 2016 to ensure their
anti-doping programmes are sig-
nificantly strengthened and their
journey to compliance completed
by the end of this year."
Coe said "serious sanctions"
would happen only "if they don t
comply with council requirements."
More than 40 Kenyan track ath-
letes have failed drug tests since
2012, and four senior track officials
have been suspended by the IAAF
for "potential subversion of the
anti-doping control process in
Three Ethiopian runners have
been suspended on suspicion of
doping amid a string of positive
tests among the country s athletes.
The Ethiopian Anti-Doping
Agency said at least nine athletes
were under suspicion. (AP)
IAAF: No reinstatement for
Russian track at this stageInternational Association
of Athletic Federations
President Sebastian Coe
arrives to meet the
media after attending a
two-day council meeting
in Monaco, yesterday.
Rune Andersen, head of the IAAF
task force on Russia.
Mikhail Butov, secretary general
of Russia's track federation.
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