IAAF ‘frustrated’ as Russian ban upheld

9th June, 2019 10:33:08 printer

MONACO: The IAAF has been left “frustrated” by Russian back-sliding on issues critical to the country’s reintegration into global track and field, a top official said Sunday, reports AFP.

Rune Andersen, head of the doping task force for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), said he had recommended to the 27-strong IAAF Council, which duly followed his advice, that it uphold its ban on Russian athletes, first imposed in 2015 over mass state-sponsored doping.

Andersen said Russia had paid out more than $3.2 million (2.8m euros) for the Task Force’s work and had also committed to paying any more costs, so the “cost condition has been met”.

He added “progress has been made on the second outstanding issue,” that of retrieving data and samples from a Moscow laboratory at the heart of the scandal.