Russia’s international ban — what it means, what’s next for athletics

The IAAF on Friday handed Russia a provisional suspension from athletics after they were accused of engaging in state-sponsored doping.

AFP Sport looks at the consequences:

– athletes, and athlete support personnel from Russia may not compete in International Competitions including World Athletic Series competitions and the Olympic Games

– Russia will not be entitled to host the 2016 World Race Walking Cup (Cheboksary) and 2016 World Junior Championships (Kazan)

– the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) must delegate all outstanding doping cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

The provisional suspension does not:

– prevent athletes in Russia from participating in domestic competitions

– remove or waive the obligations on international level athletes in Russia to comply with the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules, including continuing to be subject to out of competition testing

What happens next?:

– Unless ARAF voluntarily accepts a full suspension, the IAAF is entitled to proceed to a full hearing on whether the provisional suspension should be made into a full suspension.

– To regain membership to the IAAF the new federation would have to fulfil a list of criteria. An inspection team led by Independent Chair Rune Andersen, an independent international anti-doping expert, and three members of the IAAF Council, who will be appointed in the next few days.

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