Russia accepts IAAF ban for doping violations
Russia has accepted the suspension from international competition by the International Association of Athletics Federation, according to the Associated Press.
The World Anti-Doping Agency released the findings of an Independent Committee’s review into performance enhancing doping in Russian sports and recommended that the IOC ban the country from international competition while also banning five coaches and five athletes. The IAAF acted a few days later by handing down the indefinite ban.
“We will cooperate with (the) nominated commission very actively,” Russian Athletics Federation general secretary Mikhail Butov said. “I hope for a positive result after (a) certain time and (a) full come-back to the IAAF family.”
Russia will need to revamp their anti-doping system in order to be reinstated. The next step would be to sanction athletes, coaches and agent who assisted in the systemic doping violations and various cover-ups. An IAAF inspection commission will re-evaluate Russia's standing next year.
Russia will miss the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Ore. and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
- Christopher Chavez