Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

19.16 30 Jul 2020


Share this article


Russia is set to avoid expulsion from the World Athletics Federation after agreeing to pay more than six million dollars in fines before the 15th of August.

The Russian Sports Minister, Oleg Matytsin, had promised that the fine will be paid, but he didn't reveal the source of the money in a letter to World Athletics today.

Russia had missed another deadline on July the 1st, with the fine stemming from a 2015 report which uncovered widespread doping in athletics in the country.

RusAF must also commit to further anti-doping and governance reforms with the association claiming they've already put “an enormous amount of time and effort trying to help reform Russian athletics, for the benefit of all clean Russian athletes."

An expulsion would have led to Russian athletes being banned from international competition, including those who were previously cleared to compete under a neutral flag.

“I am pleased that we have made a bit of a breakthrough. It’s a start, but it’s only a start,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said at a press conference.

“At least we are now in a position to continue the reinstatement process having had a clear indication that the have accepted the seriousness and severity of the situation.

“The proof of the pudding will be in the reinstatement plan we have from them.”


Share this article


Read more about

Athletics Doping Russia World Athletics

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

The Hard Shoulder

The Hard Shoulder

16:00-18:00

Share

Up next

BETWEEN THE LINES WITH ANDREA...

BETWEEN THE LINES WITH ANDREA GILLIGAN

18:00-19:00

Share

OFF THE BALL

OFF THE BALL

19:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-00:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-06:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on