RUSAF requests World Athletics shows patience with expulsion on the cards
RUSAF, the Russian athletics federation, has called on World Athletics to postpone a decision on further sanctions relating to doping violations.
The international governing body’s council is meeting today and Thursday with the fate of the Russian body high on the agenda.
RUSAF is facing a fresh punishment or even expulsion after missing a deadline of 1 July to pay a fine of $5 million, plus $1.31 million in costs, for breaches of anti-doping regulations. The national federation has claimed that it cannot afford the sum.
Moreover, it has now written to World Athletics urging the governing body to show patience.
In the letter, seen by Reuters, Alexey Plotnikov, the first vice-president of RUSAF, stated: “Taking into account the work we have already done and our good faith intentions to continue this work, we very much hope that the Council will be able to consider the possibility of postponing the decision on the RUSAF case to a later date and continue our cooperation on resolving this matter.”
RUSAF has been suspended since 2015 as a result of fallout from the Russian doping scandal which encompassed multiple summer and winter sports.
The most recent penalty relates to the guilty verdict handed down to the federation for providing forged documents to world indoor high jump champion Danil Lysenko to give him an alibi for being unavailable for doping tests.
Earlier this month, Yevgeny Yurchenko stepped down as president of RUSAF after less than five months in office. He had succeeded Dmitry Shlyakhtin, who resigned after being charged by World Athletics' Athletics Integrity Unit for obstructing the Lysenko probe.
World Athletics had fined RUSAF $10 million, of which half the figure, plus costs, was due to be paid at the start of this month.
The payment was expected to be made in order for clean Russian athletes to be able to qualify to compete for World Athletics events under a 'neutral' flag.
However, after the federation missed the deadline, World Athletics suspended the work of the Doping Review Board, which decides which athletes can compete with neutral status, while the Russian Taskforce overseeing the reinstatement process was stood down.