KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: Russia will be kicked out of world track and field competition unless its athletics federation pays a long-overdue $5m fine plus $1.31m in costs arising out of the doping cover-up saga.
A last warning was issued by the council of governing body World Athletics that RusAF would be expelled unless it met an August 15 deadline.
The council, meeting by teleconference because of the Covid-19 pandemic, thus agreed to follow the recommendations of a taskforce headed by its chairperson Rune Andersen.
Andersen expressed disappointment that the taskforce had seen “very little in terms of changing the culture of Russian athletics” in the past five years.
The taskforce had spent “an enormous amount of time and effort trying to help RusAF reform itself and Russian athletics, for the benefit of all clean Russian athletes” but the response from RusAF had been inadequate.
Only a payment promise letter received from Russian Minister of Sport Oleg Matytsin persuaded council to delay a recommendation that congress expel RusAF.
Conditions were set out as follows:
1, Payment in full of the two outstanding RusAF invoices to be received on or before close of business in Monaco on 15 August 2020;
2, The RusAF Reinstatement Commission to provide the draft plan referenced in the third paragraph of Council’s decision of 12 March 2020 – of suitable scope and depth, with an implementation plan and progress indicators – to the Taskforce on or before 31 August 2020;
3, Any changes required by the Taskforce to the draft plan to be incorporated to the Taskforce’s satisfaction on or before 30 September 2020; and
4, The plan to be brought into effect and satisfactory progress achieved against the plan (as determined by the Taskforce, based on the input of the international experts appointed by World Athletics), as reported by the Taskforce to Council at each of its subsequent meetings.