IAAF lays down criteria for Russia reinstatement


December 12, 2015
Russian athlete Yelena Isinbayeva

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has laid down the terms of reference for the reinstatement conditions and verification criteria for the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF), which has been suspended.

The terms of reference explain that the ARAF has to demonstrate (by its own efforts but also by securing the support and assistance of other relevant parties, as necessary) that the following conditions (the reinstatement conditions) have been met and can reasonably be expected to continue to be met moving forward:

(1) compliance by the ARAF 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;

(2) both the IAAF and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency 'RUSADA' (once RUSADA has been declared Code-compliant again) are able to carry out their respective anti-doping activities in Russia and in relation to Russian athletes and athlete support personnel effectively and without interference;

(3) as a result, the participation of Russian athletes and athlete support personnel will not jeopardise the integrity of international competitions.

Following these steps, the ARAF will confirm a coordination committee of suitably qualified representatives who are ready and willing to ensure that the ARAF implements the Verification Criteria (CV). The CVs and full contact details of the members of the coordination committee will be provided to the IAAF task force.

The ARAF coordination committee members must meet regularly together and with the IAAF task force as necessary to monitor progress and to discuss future steps. This will include agreeing the date and schedule of the first visit of the IAAF task force to Russia, which will take place in January 2016.

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