Russia continues to be awarded five months to correct a”seriously deficient” strategy to fight doping in field and track, World Athletics stated Saturday.
A World Athletics task force reported that the Russian trail federation, called RusAF, had few experienced employees which it could not write a decent road map for raising a doping suspension that has been set almost five decades ago
“Though the draft strategy was better than what’s come before (specifically, in recognizing the doping civilization in Russian sports, and in identifying a number of the systemic problems which need to be addressed change this culture), it’s nonetheless seriously deficient and doesn’t meet the majority of the needs,” the task force said in a statement.
“The task force couldn’t possibly offer comments that could ease turning this product in an acceptable strategy by the end of September unless we chose on the task of copying it when our job was likely to be the provision of ideas and opinions about what they produce according to their analysis of this circumstance.”
World Athletics had formerly said RusAF might be deducted from membership when it did not write an anti-doping program. RusAF passed in a draft program a month and was supposed to change it by Sept. 30 to add changes demanded by World Athletics. The taskforce stated an “emptiness” of expertise in senior management hampered the job.
The then-president Dmitry Shlyakhtin was one of five RusAF employees or board members that had been suspended last year over allegations of supplying forged documents to provide an athlete an alibi to be inaccessible for doping testing. Long-running fiscal issues have made it challenging for RusAF to attract and keep staff.
RusAF is supposed to elect a new president in November. Yurchenko is currently back as acting president following the Russian Sports Ministry given cash to cover the fine.
The five-month delay will not discontinue Russians competing in almost any significant competition. The Diamond League season has ended for 2020 and the world indoor championships — rescheduled as a result of coronavirus pandemic — beginning on March 19.