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Russian Federation banned from London World Championships

08 February 2017

The Russian track and field doping ban that knocked numerous country's top athletes from the Rio Olympics last summer will be maintained because of continued problems with testing at the national level, the International Association of Athletics Federations said on Monday.

The IAAF confirmed on Monday that Russia's exile from athletics will remain in place for this year's World Championships in London.

The ban relates to state-sponsored doping which first surfaced in November 2015, ruling athletes out of the Rio Olympics previous year.

The first allows athletes under age 15 to compete in global competitions as "neutral athletes", meaning they would not represent the Russian state.

In an interim report from the IAAF Taskforce, they concluded that based on the outcomes of the report, the Taskforce "does not think the Council should consider reinstatement of RusAF's membership today".

The country is now not expected to be fully reinstated until November 2017.

Double Olympic 1500-metre champion Coe was speaking after the IAAF Council approved the Taskforce's recommendation that Russian Federation was "not ready for reinstatement".

Ever since the state-sponsored doping scandal broke out in Russian Federation late 2014, the track and field athletes from the nation have been finding it tough.

The IAAF said Russian progress over doping was mixed, pointing also to "unhelpful public comments recently made by some Russian sporting officials" - a possible reference to the outspoken Mutko, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Additionally, as samples from Sochi and other past global sporting events were re-tested, more athletes than previously thought were revealed to have cheated to gain an edge on the competition. In February and March of 2014, the Russian resort city of Sochi hosted the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which, according to global sports officials, athletes and visitors, were organized at the highest level possible and provided up-to-date infrastructure at all levels. "Clean Russian athletes have been badly let down by their national system". They can still participate in the world championship provided they are okayed by the IAAF.

The second allows athletes between 15 and 18 and Masters-level athletes who want to compete neutrally be allowed to apply to the organization's doping review board for individual consideration.

Kenya-born athletes running for Bahrain at the Rio Olympics past year were Ruth Jebet who won the 3,000 meters steeplechase event and Eunice Kirwa who took silver in the marathon.

- The IAAF council approved Coe's proposal to dispense with the formal bidding process by which the IAAF has traditionally taken applications to host global competitions.

Russian Federation banned from London World Championships