IAAF: RUSAF still needs to acknowledge McLaren findings
Russian track and field athletes remain banned from international competition because the country has failed to do enough to meet the verification criteria laid out by the IAAF, the sport's governing body.
At its council meeting in Monaco, the IAAF said that RUSAF, the Russian athletics federation, had met "most, but not all" the necessary requirements for reinstatement.
It explained: "Of the five remaining conditions in the Roadmap, one has been fully met to date (support for the Clean Sport Movement), two others have only been partly met (satisfactory testing, and a solution to the problem of enforcement of provisional suspensions of coaches), and two have not been met at all (acknowledgement of McLaren findings; reinstatement of RUSADA [the national anti-doping body])."
RUSAF was banned two years ago over evidence of state-sponsored doping, albeit some of its athletes have been able to compete at major events such as the Olympic Games and this year's World Championships in London as neutrals by satisfying testing criteria.
Russia apologised over the doping scandal uncovered by the McLaren report for the first time in August, but at the IAAF congress in London on 3 August, delegates from national federations voted overwhelmingly by 166 votes out of 187 cast in favour of the council’s motion to maintain the suspension on Russia.
At the time, Rune Andersen, chair of the IAAF's Russian Taskforce, said a November reinstatement was "in Russia's hands", by which time the country was expected to have met reforms set out by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
However, Andersen said yesterday that "several key [milestones] remain outstanding."
A decision on whether to allow the Russian team to participate in next February’s winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang is to be taken by the International Olympic Committee’s executive board next month, based on the findings of an inquiry commission chaired by Samuel Schmid, the former president of Switzerland.Meanwhile, also at the council meeting, Nanjing in China was awarded hosting rights to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2020, beating bids from Belgrade (Serbia) and Torun (Poland).
Nanjing, which staged the 2014 Youth Olympics, will build a stadium specifically for the world indoor championships within the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park, providing a permanent athletics training centre after the championships.
IAAF president Sebastian Co said: “The hosting of these championships will assist the development of an already established and growing culture of athletics in the country. We were impressed with all the bids, particularly the involvement of athletes in the presentations and the plans for permanent athletics legacy at elite and community level which was central to all three visions for 2020.”
The 2018 World Indoor Championships take place in Birmingham, England next March.
In addition, the IAAF council named Gydnia, the Polish port city, and Minsk, the capital of Belarus, as hosts of the World Half Marathon Championships and World Race Walking Team Championships, respectively, in 2020.