Following detailed work by World Athletics’ Russia Taskforce, its unbiased specialists, and Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF), a remaining plan for the reinstatement of RusAF to membership of World Athletics was really helpful to the World Athletics Council final week. World Athletics’ Council unanimously agreed to the taskforce’s suggestions.
In an e mail to the World Athletics Council, taskforce chairman Rune Andersen wrote: “The Taskforce has now reviewed and provided detailed feedback on three different drafts of the Reinstatement Plan. The three international experts appointed by World Athletics have worked closely with RusAF on the development of the Reinstatement Plan and advised the Taskforce that they believe the Plan is fit for the purpose of embedding in Russian athletics the deep-rooted change in culture that Council has been demanding for the past five years.
“In addition, though RusAF President Peter Ivanov has been required to step down for 2 years due to his appointment as a senior official of the Russian Government (to respect the CAS sanctions imposed on Russian Government officers within the WADA/RUSADA compliance case), the worldwide specialists additionally take into account that the senior administration that Ivanov has put in place will be capable to transfer the Plan ahead in his absence, beneath the non permanent management of RusAF Vice-President Irina Privalova as performing President.
“For its part, the Taskforce stands ready to monitor the milestones and KPIs in the Reinstatement Plan carefully, so that it is able to report to future Council meetings whether RusAF is keeping up with the enormous work that will be required to implement the Reinstatement Plan successfully. On this basis, the Taskforce recommends that Council resolves (1) to approve the Reinstatement Plan; and (2) to publish it on the World Athletics website.”
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe thanked all concerned in growing the reinstatement plan and stated he’s grateful to the taskforce, its specialists and RusAF for creating an in depth roadmap to rebuild belief.
“I don’t think a week has gone by during my presidency when I have not been answering questions about Russia and our sport. I am extremely grateful to the Taskforce, its experts and RusAF for creating a detailed roadmap to rebuild trust. This is not the end but the beginning of a long journey, with an incredible amount of work for RusAF to do to rebuild trust. The international experts believe the team that is now in place will be able to deliver on the milestones they have put in place. The Taskforce, with ongoing advice from the international experts, will monitor progress and report to Council.”
The council additionally determined in its December 2020 council assembly that it’s going to take into account whether or not to permit Russian athletes to compete once more as ANAs in worldwide competitions (together with permitting as much as 10 ANAs to take part in World Athletics Series occasions and the Tokyo Olympic Games) at its March 2021 assembly, or earlier if the Taskforce so recommends, based mostly on the progress made by RusAF to that date.
The taskforce stated that it’s going to tackle the query of ANAs in its report back to the council assembly of March 17-18.
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