Russia ban confirmed
THE full suspension of the Russian Athletics Federations (ARAF) and the formation of an IAAF Integrity Unit were confirmed yesterday at the 202nd International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council Meeting in Monaco.
The meeting was chaired by IAAF President Sebastian Coe.
Council was informed that written confirmation had been received from ARAF accepting their full suspension without requesting a hearing as was their constitutional right.
ARAF confirmed they understood that Council would only accept their reinstatement as an IAAF Member Federation following the recommendation of the IAAF Inspection Team who will decide if the verification criteria have been fulfilled. ARAF also confirmed they will cooperate fully and actively with the team.
Council discussed the process which over the next three weeks will lead to a final set of criteria and the verification process. The plan is to present a detailed list of verification criteria to ARAF by the end of the year.
The Council agreed a process for the reallocation of the two IAAF World Athletics Series competitions - 2016 World Race Walking Team Championships (Cheboksary, RUS) and 2016 World Junior Championships (Kazan, RUS) - which have been removed from Russia due to ARAF's suspension.
A number of countries have already expressed interest in staging these events. An accelerated bidding process will open next week with a decision in early January.