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IAAF to decide in June on Russian athletes’ Olympics participation

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Russian Federation is now banned from all athletics after a series of doping scandals and has to convince the IAAF that it has put in place measures to show improvement in its anti-doping operation and a “change of culture”.

They will have “full and free” access for as long as necessary ‘to ensure the Russian anti-doping system is free of undue interference and is fully independent, ‘ the ministry of sport said.

“We are 100% supportive of Wada’s efforts, alongside the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and IAAF, to stamp out cheating”.

“On the basis of WADA’s notice issued on April 11, 2016 with respect to meldonium findings and the specifics of your case, the provisional suspension from worldwide competitions imposed on March 31 is lifted with immediate effect”, the global Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) wrote in a letter to Petrova, seen by Reuters.

The east African nation had already missed two deadlines set by the World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA).

The IAAF will hear reports from its taskforce into Russia’s anti-doping progress at its council meeting in Vienna on 17 June.

The Olympic and the Brazilian flag fly over the site of ancient Olympia during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Greece, April 21, 2016.

Senior Rusada management were replaced in December as the agency tried to convince the world it could be revamped.

“We have taken a court case against her to recover the money she fraudulently won from other athletes from her performances in London”, Brasher said. “This is an important step in our journey”.

“So with athlete biological passport testing, which is proven to be the most effective method, we are determined to have a clean sport and one I think the public will support”.

If Russia is reinstated, the IAAF has insisted that individual Russian athletes will only be allowed to compete at the Olympics if they have been tested at least three times in the preceding six months.

“And we should trust the results”.

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