World Athletics Stops Russia’s Reinstatement After Suspensions Over Doping

World Athletics – formerly the IAAF – has halted Russia’s reinstatement after senior athletics officials were suspended for anti-doping rule breaches.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) introduced suspensions over violations involving athlete Danil Lysenko.

World Athletics said the AIU will investigate further and the body is considering expelling Russia.

Russia has been banned from competing as a nation in athletics since 2015.

Rune Andersen, chairman of the task force overseeing the reinstatement of Russia’s athletics federation (Rusaf), announced the decision after a meeting in Monaco on Friday.

Provisional suspensions have been imposed on the Russian athletics president Dmitry Shlyakhtin and executive director Alexander Parkin, high jumper Lysenko and his coach.

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