DOHA: The world athletics federation remains resolute in refusing to welcome Russia back into membership and international competition.

The council of the International Association of Athletics Federation has announced after its latest meeting that it saw no reason to change the status of the Russian federation (RusAF).

Taskforce chairman Rune Andersen told council in Doha, Qatar, that two key issues were outstanding.

One concerned the resolution of outstanding financial issue but the second was more serious and concerned receipt of the analytical data and any samples that the integrity unit needs from the Moscow laboratory to determine which athletes have a case to answer under the IAAF anti-doping rules.

This data is currently being processed and authenticated by the World Anti-Doping Agency which has indicated that nothing can be forthcoming until at least June.

The taskforce also noted an allegation from German television network ARD that some coaches from the old regime are involved again with coaching national team athletes.

An IAAF statement said: “This runs counter to assurances the taskforce has previously received from RusAF that it is dissociating itself from the old regime. The taskforce will be asking RusAF for urgent clarification.”

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