Russian national team banned from 2017 World Championships in Athletics

19:44, 7 February 2017

The Russian team is banned from participation in the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. That is the decision of the independent inspection committee of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

In its statement, the Association said the Russian side will not be able to renew its membership until the country’s Anti-Doping Agency begins to meet the international standards. However, separate athletes from Russia will be able to apply for the championship, slated for August 2017.

Previously, in 2015, the WADA released evidence that the Russian government covertly approved the use of doping by athletes. That led to disqualification of the All-Russian Federation for Athletics, while about a hundred of athletes were banned from 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.