IAAF suspends Russia’s ban on doping

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) —  The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Friday suspended the lifting of the ban on Russia from participating in the competition, imposed years ago in connection with the scandal of systematic activism, eight months before the Summer Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

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The decision came on the heels of the temporary suspension of five officials of the Russian Athletics Federation, including Federation President Dmitry Chlyakhtin, for violating anti-doping rules, including refusing to cooperate and obstructing an investigation into abuses committed by 2017 high jump world champion Daniel Lesenko.

The International Federation accused officials in the Russian Federation of providing false documents to evade the penalty of failure to disclose his whereabouts for tests.

In addition to the suspension of Russian Athletics Federation officials, Russia has been subjected in recent months to an investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regarding possible manipulation of data submitted to it and the Integrity of Athletics Unit by the Moscow Laboratory in the context of the systematic activation scandal of the Russian state in the period Between 2011 and 2015.

The WADA executive committee is scheduled to meet on December 9 to assess the ongoing actions against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (ROSADA) and possible sanctions that may include exclusion from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The IAAF also decided to freeze measures allowing Russian athletes acquitted by the anti-doping committee and authorized to compete under a neutral flag and threatened the country with exclusion following decisions expected from WADA and the integrity unit investigation.

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