Russia will miss the world athletics championships for the second time in a row after the sport’s governing body the IAAF extended the ban against country’s federation on Monday.
The IAAF confirmed the decision four days before the start of the competition in Qatar after hearing a report from its Task Force (TF) overseeing Russia’s reinstatement efforts.
Earlier on Monday, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)revealed that historical data supplied by the country’s anti-doping authority contained “inconsistencies”, also putting Russia’s participation at the Tokyo Olympics under threat.
“We are aware of the allegations of manipulation of the data and that an investigation is ongoing,” said Rune Andersen, head of the IAAF Task Force. “In the light of that the task force recommended that RUSAF (the Russian athletics federation) not be reinstated and the IAAF council unanimously agreed.”
Some Russians with no doping history, including high jumper Maria Lasitskene who is Russia’s only track and field athlete currently holding a world title, have been cleared to compete internationally as neutrals.
However, the Russian flag cannot be flown nor the national anthem be played.
IAAF president Sebastian Coe said that feeling was “very strong” among council members that the suspension should continue.