Original title: Athletics Federation: the end of March next year will determine the life and death of the Russian Athletics Association, the rectification effect is still not satisfactory
The World Athletics Federation recently announced that it will postpone the deadline for reviewing whether the Russian Athletics Federation will resume its membership after approval by the IAAF Council. Initially, the World Athletics Federation planned to complete the rectification review of the Russian Athletics Association before September 30 this year, but the current situation is not very satisfactory. The IAAF has decided to extend this deadline no later than March 1, 2021. This is related to the legal status of the Russian Athletic Association and whether Russian track and field athletes are eligible to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. At the Rio Olympics four years ago, Russian track and field athletes were not allowed to land on the Olympic venues because of the Russian Athletics Association's global ban.
In November last year, the World Athletics Federation's doping investigation on the famous Russian male high jumper Lysenko found that Russian Athletics Association officials had forged documents to help athletes evade drug testing and a series of doping violations. The process of restoring the membership of the World Athletics Federation of the Russian Athletics Federation has been suspended. In February of this year, the new Russian Athletics Federation President Yurchenko admitted to the World Athletics Federation's allegations of forged documents and other violations of the Russian Athletics Federation, thus avoiding the complete expulsion of Russian athletes by the IAAF. Subsequently, the World Athletics Federation issued a US$10 million bill to the Russian Athletics Association, and stipulated that the US$5 million of it, plus US$1.31 million of the World Athletics Federation survey and other expenses, totaling US$6.31 million, must be paid by July 1.
On August 12 this year, the Russian Athletics Association paid the first part of a fine of 6.31 million U.S. dollars to the World Athletics Federation, thus temporarily avoiding the punishment of being completely expelled by the latter. Russian track and field athletes are also expected to continue to participate in subsequent international events as neutral athletes. Race. The money comes from an emergency grant allocated by the Russian Sports Department to the Russian Athletic Association. The Executive Chairman of the Russian Athletic Association Yurchenko also expressed his gratitude to the Russian Sports Department.
But to date, the World Athletics Federation is not satisfied with the rectification status of the Russian Athletics Federation. They believe that the Russian Athletics Federation has not formulated a detailed and appropriate plan to meet the requirements of the AAF task force. These requirements are: to establish a culture of zero tolerance to doping in the entire Russian sports world (including sports preparation centers and/or coaches and other support personnel hired through the regional sports ministry); to restore the Russian athletics association and make it a world The sports world is a trusted ally in the fight for clean sports.
The task force pointed out: “The failure of the audit seems to be not due to lack of willingness, but lack of expertise and resources. The current organization of the Russian Athletics Association is too simple-they have no board of directors, no senior managers, and few experienced employees. They urgently need someone like this to fill this gap. They have a shared vision to change the organization and sports culture, and they have the ability to do this. We know that they are organizing the election of a new chairman and management committee, which will obviously Is an important step."
The Athletics Federation Task Force believes that although the latest reform draft submitted by the Russian Athletics Federation is much better than before, it still has serious defects. The details of how the strategic goals will be implemented, as well as the determination of performance indicators used to assess progress towards these goals. The IAAF Task Force stated that the review of the other party cannot be completed before the end of September this year, and the final review period needs to be delayed.
The World Athletics Federation has appointed two new experts, hoping to actively promote the reform of the Russian Athletics Association. Dr. Margarita Parknotskaya, former deputy director of the Russian Agricultural Development Agency, is one of them. At the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, she leads education strategies, compliance issues and international relations. She is also the chairperson of the Anti-Doping Protection Whistleblower Ad Hoc Group, which is part of the Council of Europe Anti-Doping Convention Monitoring Group.
World Athletics Chairman Sebastian Ko acknowledged the task force’s recent work. He said: “I want to thank Andersen and his task force for their hard work in the past month. They have confirmed that the Russian Athletics Association will resume the committee. It takes more time to formulate an appropriate recovery plan, and we believe that they will continue to guide us well." The official report of the World Athletics Federation said that it is hoped that the two newly introduced international experts can help the Russian Athletics Association very effectively. Review, but if it still does not work by March 1 next year, the World Athletics Federation Security Council will again consider the issue of continuing to impose a comprehensive global ban on the Russian Athletics Association. (Red)