Russian athletics’ suspension has been lifted by World Athletics but Russian and Belarusian athletes remain barred over the invasion of Ukraine.
Russia doping ban lifted but war still ousts athletes
World Athletics has voted to end its eight-year ban of the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) but the country’s athletes, and those of Belarus, will remain excluded from international competition.
That’s because the sport’s world governing body is continuing its separate ban over the invasion of Ukraine.
RusAF was banned in late 2015 after the discovery of massive, state-sponsored doping and related cover-ups and a failure to meaningfully address the issue meant that the suspension remained in place.
However, Rune Andersen, head of WA’s Russia Task Force, reported that he was finally satisfied with the “new culture of good governance and zero tolerance for doping throughout the organisation” and WA’s Council voted on Thursday to lift the ban.