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IAAF chief Lord Coe 'did not' mislead MPs about Russian Federation doping crisis

IAAF chief Lord Coe 'did not' mislead MPs about Russian Federation doping crisis”

"We have accomplished a lot in the last 18 months: outlining a new strategic plan for growth, bringing a new leadership team in place to achieve this plan, securing broadcast and digital rights to expand audiences for the sport, innovating audiovisual coverage of the sport with the creation of IAAF Productions as evidenced by the recent World Indoor Tour, changing processes at the Monaco Headquarters to better serve the sport".

He said the taskforce had recommended that Russian Federation should not be reinstated, and the IAAF council had accepted.

"The Taskforce will now call for an urgent meeting with RusAF and the Russian Ministry of Sport to impress upon them the need to resolve these issues without further delay", Andersen said. It is always worth remembering that the criteria is not unilateral - it was agreed with the Russian federation.

RusAF and the RUSADA are still yet to provide a test distribution plan for 2018, which shows an adequate amount of testing of Russian athletes.

This is despite allegations that Dave Bedford, a former British distance runner and London Marathon director, telephoned Coe in August 2014 to tell him about Russian marathoner Liliya Shobukhova being extorted out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to have a positive doping test covered up by IAAF officials so she could compete in the 2012 London Olympics.

"However, the Shobukhova case raises concerns about whether national or worldwide sports federations are capable of investigating themselves when the allegations involve senior figures within the organization itself", the report states.

"For us, we just need to get that acknowledgement, because if we don't, we can not move forwards". "It is a costly process, it is time consuming".

"We want that country back in the fold and we want their athletes".

Coe says "unless dramatic progress is made we, and we genuinely hope it is being made, then we will have to review at our council meeting in July the status of the neutral competitors and the potential for the congress to decide upon the ultimate sanction, I guess, which is expulsion".

On the possibility of expulsion, he added: "It's in nobody's interest to be sitting here in no-man's land waiting for a minor tweak here, a minor tweak there". There is no ambiguity about the criteria.

The committee, chaired by Conservative MP Damian Collins, is also unconvinced by his claim he knew nothing of the role played by his predecessor, Lamine Diack, until the Senegalese administrator was arrested in November 2015.

Coe says the world needs to know Russian athletes are in a "system of confidence and trust".

Its conclusions - and that of a later International Olympic Committee (IOC) report - led to the country being banned from February's Winter Olympics.



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