Coe seeks IAAF Council approval to sanction Russia, vows to fix sport

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Sebastian Coe – newly elected IAAF President

In response to WADA’s Independent Commission report issued today, the IAAF President, Sebastian Coe, has taken the urgent step of seeking approval from his fellow IAAF Council Members to consider sanctions against the Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF).

These sanctions could include provisional and full suspension and the removal of future events.

Commenting on the report, the IAAF President said: “The information in WADA’s Independent Commissions Report is alarming. We need time to properly digest and understand the detailed findings included in the report. However, I have urged the Council to start the process of considering sanctions against ARAF.

“This step has not been taken lightly. Our athletes, partners and fans have my total assurance that where there are failures in our governance or our anti-doping programmes we will fix them.”

“We will do whatever it takes to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust in our sport. The IAAF will continue to offer the police authorities our full co-operation into their ongoing investigation,” he added.

IAAF – Member Federation suspension and other sanction process

  • IAAF Council to decide whether to proceed with a potential sanctions’ process against a Member Federation.
  • The Member Federation is asked to respond to the allegations and proposed sanctions.
  • IAAF Council to consider the Member Federation response as soon as possible and make a decision on next steps.