IAAF sets out terms for Russia reinstatement

IAAF president Sebastian Coe said there is “no room for doubt” in the criteria the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) must meet in order for the ban on the country’s athletes to be lifted.

Athletics’ world governing body imposed the suspension last month amid allegations of state-sponsored doping made in a report published by an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) director general Ramil Khabriev on Thursday resigned from his position as a WADA delegation arrived to help implement measures during the organisation’s suspension.

The IAAF has now outlined reinstatement and verification criteria to ARAF, which Coe says should make it clear how they can ensure athletes are able to return to competition amid concerns they could sit out the Rio Olympic Games next year.

He said: “The conditions we have announced leave no room for doubt.

“Russia must demonstrate verifiable change across a range of criteria and satisfy our taskforce that those criteria will be met permanently. There is no timeline for Russia. It is up to them to implement verifiable change both in anti-doping practise and culture.”

The reinstatement conditions state that ARAF must comply with “all of the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Programme and of the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules and Regulations that are applicable to a national federation.”

ARAF and RUSADA are also required to prove they can carry out their respective anti-doping activities in Russia and in relation to Russian athletes and athlete support personnel effectively and without interference, ensuring that integrity of international competitions is not jeopardised.

It has now been left for ARAF to put together a coordination committee tasked with ensuring the governing body implements the verification criteria, with the first visit from the IAAF Taskforce scheduled for next month.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on Thursday confirmed that it will be among the delegation to travel to Russia.

A statement released to Omnisport said: “UKAD has been asked by WADA to be part of an evaluation visit to Russia to support WADA explore the ways and means of how an anti-doping program can be run during a period of non-compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

“This is an initial meeting and therefore we will not make any further comment at this time until any scope of UKAD”s involvement has been determined.”