Russian Sports Minister hopes for favourable decision for Athletes

The World Athletics Council is set to hold a video conference on July 29-30 and the issue of RusAF’s membership and the future of Russian athletes’ participation in international tournaments will be on the agenda of this session.

In March 2020, the World Athletics Council ruled to fine RusAF $5 million for an alleged attempt of the previous administration to forge official documents of high jumper Danil Lysenko.

The deadline to repay the fine was set for July 1, 2020. In case of RusAF’s failure to pay the fine of $5 million to World Athletics before the set deadline of July 1, Russian athletes would be denied permits for their neutral-status participation in international tournaments.

On July 2, World Athletics announced that RusAF failed to pay the fine before the deadline, while the overall amount of the penalty increased to $6.31 million.

World Athletics Taskforce Group, led by Norwegian expert Rune Andersen, was set up to oversee Russia’s implementation of requirements for RusAF’s membership reinstatement with World Athletics.

PICTURE CREDIT: RUSSIAN ATHLETICS FEDERATION WEBSITE

 

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