The decision to suspend Russia from international athletics was «courageous» stated International Olympic Committee President (IOC) Thomas Bach at a press conference in London on Friday.
«[The] IAAF was in a special situation and addressed it then with special measures. It was a courageous decision there at the time and it is a courageous decision to follow it through and the IOC, as you know... Еще, accepted and supported these measures from the very beginning,» he said.
Bach was speaking alongside International Association of Athletics Federations President (IAAF) Sebastian Coe ahead of the 2017 IAAF Championship. Coe also spoke about the decision to continue Russia's suspension, saying: «we are making progress and congress endorsed the decision of the council based on the recommendations of the task force to continue with that process.»
The All-Russia Athletics Federation's membership of the IAAF was suspended in November 2015 following an investigation into alleged doping in Russian sports following a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commissioned report.
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