Monaco: Russian Sports Minister meets IAAF chief on reinstatement

Russian Minister of Sport Pavel Kolobkov met with the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations Sebastian Coe in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) headquarters in Monaco on Monday to discuss the progress of reinstating the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF). «I think the meeting was very important,» Kolobkov said. He added: «we agreed to... Еще continue our dialogue in a permanent mode because we are all interested in the earliest reinstatement of the 'All-Russia Athletic Federation'.» Kolobkov met with Sebastian Coe, the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations and Rune Andersen, head of the working group on the reinstatement of All-Russia Athletic Federation. The IAAF suspended the All-Russia Athletics Federation in November 2015 following an anti-doping investigation led by Canadian lawyer Richard Pound and based on the testimony of WADA's (World Anti-doping Agency) whistle-blowers Vitaly Stepanov and his wife Yulia on alleged state-sponsored doping system in Russia. With the ARAF suspended, several Russian athletes have been allowed to compete internationally under the neutral flag, given that they comply with world anti-doping standards.

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