IAAF extends ban on Russia over doping

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has voted to extend the doping ban imposed on Russia, a decision that could bar the country’s athletes from competing at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

IAAF took the decision at a council meeting in the French city of Monaco, the 11th time it has voted to maintain the ban.

Russian athletes have been banned from world competitions since 2015 after an alleged discovery of state-sponsored doping.

Under the terms of the IAAF ban, Russian athletes are not allowed to compete under their own flag.

However, athletes who have met the IAAF doping review board’s drug-testing criteria can compete under a neutral flag.

More than 70 Russian athletes competed as neutrals at the European Championships in Berlin in August 2018.

The latest decision to uphold the ban puts the IAAF at odds with other sporting bodies such as the World Anti-Doping Authority (Wada) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who have revoked their own suspensions of Russia.

In February 2018, Russia’s Olympic membership was restored after its suspension from the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, while Wada lifted its three-year ban in September the same year.