In Summary
  • The world governing body of athletics on Sunday maintained its suspension of Russia, saying the country still had not done enough to clamp down on doping.
  • Rune Andersen, the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)'s anti-doping Task Force, said "several key (milestones) remain outstanding" before the necessary conditions for Russia's return could be met.
  • Russia was banned from international athletics in November 2015 over claims of state-sponsored doping, preventing its athletes from competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics and this year's World Championships in London.

MONACO

The world governing body of athletics on Sunday maintained its suspension of Russia, saying the country still had not done enough to clamp down on doping.

Rune Andersen, the head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)'s anti-doping Task Force, said "several key (milestones) remain outstanding" before the necessary conditions for Russia's return could be met.

Russia was banned from international athletics in November 2015 over claims of state-sponsored doping, preventing its athletes from competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics and this year's World Championships in London.

Andersen said that until the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) reinstated Russia's domestic anti-doping agency RUSADA, the IAAF could not allow the country's athletes back into international competition.

Wada ruled in mid-November that Russia was still not compliant with international rules on doping.

'STILL NO ACKNOWLEDGEMENT'

At a press conference during the IAAF Council in Monaco, Andersen said the "reinstatement of RUSADA as a fully independent and code-compliant" body was a key condition for Russian athletes to return to athletics.

The Norwegian official added that Russian authorities were still reluctant to accept that they had covered up evidence of doping.

"Unless there is an acknowledgement of what happened before, there can be no assurance that it will not happen again," Rune added.

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