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Russian athletics federation remains banned over doping, says IAAF

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Russian athletics federation remains banned over doping, says IAAF

SHOWS: MONTE CARLO, MONACO (DECEMBER 4, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) RUNE ANDERSEN, HEAD OF THE IAAF'S TASK FORCE ON RUSSIA, SAYING: ''The council today accepted the Taskforce's recommendations not to reinstate RUSAF (Russia's athletics federation) until the following two conditions have been met in full.

The athletics integrity unit must confirm that it has been given all of the data and access to the samples that it needs to determine which of the Russian athletes in the LIMS database have a case to answer for breach of the IAAF anti-doping rules.'' 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) RUNE ANDERSEN, HEAD OF THE IAAF'S TASK FORCE ON RUSSIA, SAYING: ''I will hope that they will deliver the data by the end of this year, by the end of this month.

And that we and the AIU (Athletics Integrity Unit) would be able to analyse them and I cannot go any further on that, sorry.'' STORY: World athletics body IAAF on Tuesday (December 4) upheld a ban against Russia's athletics federation over doping in the country, pending full access to doping data stored in Moscow and financial compensation.

Russia's athletics federation (RUSAF) has been suspended since 2015 over a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that found evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in the sport.

The IAAF said Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) still needed to meet two criteria -- access to data on Russian athletes in a Moscow lab and full financial compensation for investigation and legal costs -- before the ban is lifted.

Rune Andersen, head of the IAAF's task force on Russia, made the announcement at a news conference where he sat next to IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

To be reinstated, the IAAF has said Russia must acknowledge the findings of the WADA-commissioned McLaren report that doping in the country was state-sponsored and must also provide access to the data from testing of samples at the RUSADA Moscow laboratory from 2011-2015.

Russia, whose athletics team was banned from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, has accepted there was extensive doping in the country, but its authorities have continued to deny any of it was state sponsored and access to the Moscow lab data has not happened.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and WADA have both reinstated Russia.

WADA's controversial reinstatement in September this year was on the condition that Russia recognise the findings of its report and allow access to RUSADA's stored samples.

Failure to provide access to the full data from the Moscow lab by Dec.

31 could lead to another suspension, WADA has warned.




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