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Russia reinstatement at this month’s World Athletics Council meeting unlikely

Yuri Borzakovsky, sports director of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF), has expressed the hope that his organisation will be re-admitted to international competition by World Athletics at its Council meeting from November 29 to 30.

The RusAF was stripped of its membership in November 2015 amid a high-profile doping scandal in Russian athletics.

In December of the same year, a taskforce, led by the Norwegian Rune Andersen, was created by World Athletics and has been monitoring the implementation of the RusAF recovery plan ever since.

This work has continued even after World Athletics ruled on March 1 that Russian and Belarusian athletes would be banned from competition “for the foreseeable future” in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.

“It is not yet clear what will happen next,” Borzakovsy, the Athens 2004 Olympic 800m champion and former RusAF head coach, told Express-Sport newspaper.

“We are talking about restoring the membership of our federation in World Athletics.

“This issue will be considered at the Council meeting at the end of the month.

“I really hope that we will return to our big Olympic family.”

Asked by insidethegames for a statement, World Athletics responded: “The chair of the Russia Taskforce, Rune Andersen, will report on the progress of the reinstatement process at the World Athletics Council meeting on November 29-30 as usual.

“The Council will discuss the recommendations in his report as usual and any decisions will be announced at the press conference after the meeting.”

Yuri Borzakovsky hopes the ban on Russian competitors will be lifted at this month’s World Athletics meeting ©Getty Images

It is understood, however, that while the reinstatement process may be making steady headway, a restoration of the RusAF will not be possible while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine persists.

“It’s hard for the guys, you won’t envy them here, because they can’t realise themselves on the world stage,” Borzakovsky added.

“They were allowed to compete only in a neutral status, their last big performance was in Tokyo in 2021 at the Olympic Games, before this started at the World Championships.

“Yes, in a neutral status they compete without a flag, but everyone knows perfectly well what country they are from, everyone knows that they are Russians.

“Athletes already live in these realities, it is still difficult for athletes of other sports to accept such conditions.

“In any case, you need to continue to train, compete, while inside the country, and if possible, then abroad.

“At the same time, you need to be ready to go out at any time to the international arena and show yourself.

“It will all depend on whether the membership of our federation is restored or not.”

“The world is horrified by what Russia has done, aided and abetted by Belarus,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said when athletes from the two countries were banned ©Getty Images

While some Russian competitors were previously able to compete internationally as Authorised Neutral Athletes, having undergone statutory anti-doping tests, even they were precluded from international competition by World Athletics on March 1 because of the war in Ukraine.

World Athletics’ stance in is line with a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee and mirrored across most international sport.

“The world is horrified by what Russia has done, aided and abetted by Belarus,” World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said in March.

“World leaders sought to avoid this invasion through diplomatic means but to no avail given Russia’s unswerving intention to invade Ukraine.

“The unprecedented sanctions that are being imposed on Russia and Belarus by countries and industries all over the world appear to be the only peaceful way to disrupt and disable Russia’s current intentions and restore peace.

“Anyone who knows me will understand that imposing sanctions on athletes because of the actions of their Government goes against the grain.

“This is different as Governments, businesses and other international organisations have imposed sanctions and measures against Russia across all sectors.

“Sport has to step up and join these efforts to end this war and restore peace.

“We cannot and should not sit this one out.”

Russian, Belarusian athletes to be excluded from Diamond League

The Diamond League of track and field competitions has banned Russian Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA) and Belarusian athletes from its events “for the foreseeable future”, organisers said, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier this month, World Athletics banned the two countries’ athletes, support staff and officials from all events for the foreseeable future, and said the sanction included Russian athletes who had the ANA status in 2022.

“The Wanda Diamond League meetings accepted the recommendation of the board that Authorised Neutral Athletes (ANA) and Belarus athletes be excluded from all Diamond League meetings for the foreseeable future,” organisers said.

“This recommendation… reflects the practical and logistical issues meetings may face if ANA athletes from Russia and athletes from Belarus were to be invited to compete.

The Russian Athletics Federation has been suspended from World Athletics since 2015 due to doping violations, and its competitors have not been allowed to compete under the country’s flag at international events.

The International Olympic Committee has recommended that events in Russia be cancelled or relocated and that Russian and Belarusian athletes not take part or compete under a neutral flag.

Many sports bodies have moved events and suspended Russian and Belarusian teams or athletes from competing while sponsors have ended contracts in protests against the war.

Russian and Belarusian athletes are also excluded from the World Athletics Indoor Championships, which begin on Friday in Belgrade.


World Athletics Council prolongs suspension of Russia

The World Athletics Council has recommended the Congress of the global governing body of track and field athletics to prolong the membership suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) until all reinstatement requirements are met, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said on Wednesday.

Addressing the World Athletics Congress meeting on Wednesday, Coe said that the organization’s Council recommended earlier the 53rd Congress “to maintain the suspension of RusAF’s membership until all the agreed conditions” were implemented.

World Athletics and RusAF

World Athletics, suspended RusAF’s membership in November 2015, following a wave of anti-doping rules violations and formed a special mission on the issue. World Athletics, however, allowed clean athletes from Russia to participate in international tournaments under the neutral status or the Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) until the membership of the RusAF is reinstated. The ANA status prohibited Russian athletes from participating in all international track and field tournaments under the national flag.

The World Athletics Council announced on November 22, 2019 its decision to extend the suspension of RusAF’s reinstatement process, based on charges brought by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). According to World Athletics, the AIU charged RusAF on November 21, 2019 “with obstructing an investigation and provisionally suspended several senior federation officials for tampering and complicity.”

The provisionally suspended senior officials at that time were then-President of RusAF Dmitry Shlyakhtin and several more high-ranking people from the federation for helping to falsify documents, which Russian high jumper Danil Lysenko presented as his excuse for skipping doping tests.

In March 2020, the World Athletics Council ruled to fine RusAF $5 million for an alleged involvement of the previous executive administration’s attempt to forge official documents of high jumper Danil Lysenko. RusAF repaid the fine on August 12, 2020.

Source: tass.com