Russia will not be part of this years’ summer World Championships athletics after its suspension was extended by the athletics governing body due to state-sponsored doping. The decision was made during the IAAF Council meeting in Monaco on Monday
The country’s athletes however have a lee-way to compete under a neutral banner in case they will be able to meet set testing criteria. The championships will be held in London from 4th to 13th August, reports IB Times.
Russia’s athletes did not take part in the 2016 Rio Olympics after the country was suspended by the AAAF in November 2015.
The full reinstating is not due until November this year.
According to Rune Andersen, an independent chairman of the IAAF Taskforce, Russia will remain under suspension until World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) declares it complaint to its regulations. The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (Rusada) is yet to meet the Wada code of conduct, putting the Russian Track and Field Federation (Rusaf) operations in jeopardy.
The 2011 to 2015 state-sponsored doping allegations affected over 1,000 Russian athletes according to December report.
The only candidates who will be allowed to compete consist of those who will confidently prove they meet the strict IAAF criteria. However, these will not participate under the Russian flag instead as neutrals. So far, 35 Russians have made a submission to compete.
IAAF president Lord Coe has also insisted that there will be no citizenship swapping by all the athletes citing insufficient rules to support the purpose.
How can Russia compete again?
The IAAF has drafted a set of requirements that Russia must satisfy so that its athletes can once again take part in international competitions. The roadmap includes:
- Russia must submit an official response that addresses all the issues raised in the McLaren report
- Drug testing be conducted without any form of difficulties or hindrances
- Rusaf to take up actions that will clean up the sport
- Rusada to be reinstated as an independent and appropriately resourced national anti doping body
No Swapping Nationalities
In admitting that athletics is vulnerable to nationalities swapping, Coe submitted a proposal to block the practice.
He said that the current rules of multiple athlete transfers, especially from Africa; do not meet the required criteria.
The IAAF Council had been told that most African talent was being sold by numerous nations.
“Our priority is to return clean athletes to competition but we must all have confidence in the process,” said Briton Coe.