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Doping: Athletics Federation Extends Russians’ Ban

The International All Athletics Federation has extended a ban placed on Russian athletes because the country was “not ready for reinstatement”.

The International All Athletics Federation [IAAF] has extended a ban placed on Russian athletes.

In a statement on Monday, the body said it has decided to extend the ban on the East European nation because the country was “not ready for reinstatement”.

It also means the country will miss the 2017 World Athletics Championship in London.

The Championship, which will be Usain Bolt’s swansong, takes place in August 2017.

The new ban is a huge blow to the country, which has been plagued by doping scandals in the past two years.

Rune Andersen, the independent chairman of the IAAF Taskforce, said:

“The road map that I outlined… clearly states there will be no reinstatement until RUSADA is functioning… 

“And presumably if everything goes to plan there will be a full reinstatement by November 2017.

“This meant Russia as a nation, or RUSAF, is not recommended by us to be reinstated before that time.”

It has been banned by the IAAF since November 2015 and missed the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio after the Court of Arbitration for Sports upheld the decision of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) to ban Russians from the games.

The IPC’s decision was based on a WADA report, which accused the country of “wide spread state sponsored doping” at the Sochi 2014 winter Olympic Games.

The final part the report in January said the athletes did not act alone but were part of a programme.

Adding more details of the doping it revealed in July, the report described an “institutional conspiracy” involving Russia’s secret service.

It also says it found emails asking for instructions from the Russian Ministry of Sport what to do with a positive sample.

It also revealed that Samples of four Russian gold-medal winners in Sochi were tampered with.

The report also says the Russian Olympic team corrupted the London games on an unprecedented scale – the extent of which will probably never be fully established

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