Global athletics boss Sebastian Coe praised what he described as a candid apology from Russia over a doping scandal but reiterated it was not the moment for the country to be readmitted to the sport.
SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (AUGUST 3, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "I thought it was a very candid response today. A very candid presentation and yes I think the whole council, I know the whole congress, was pleased to recognise that the Russian Federation recognised themselves that they have been through some pretty torrid times that they are doing everything they possibly can to make sure that the federation itself is reengineered that they're attempting the hard yards of changing the culture around coaching systems and endemic systems that have served very badly the athletes. And again I was pleased that RUSAF accepted because of course the criteria for re-introduction was agreed with them as well that we follow process and that the congress today supported the recommendations of the council through Rune Andersen's task force. So I thought it was a very constructive day." STORY: Global athletics boss Sebastian Coe praised what he described as a candid apology from Russia over a doping scandal but reiterated it was not the moment for the country to be readmitted to the sport. Russia athletics boss Dmitry Shlyakhtin told an IAAF Congress on Thursday (August 3), the eve of the World Athletics Championships, that his country's ban from the sport was correct and that he was determined to fight doping. Despite his comments, the IAAF Congress voted in favour of maintaining the ban, imposed since November 2015 after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia. Coe said he was also "pleased" that Russia accepted the criteria for its reintroduction. Nineteen Russian athletes will be competing as neutrals at the World Athletics Championships which start in London on Friday, having met strict IAAF criteria. The head of the IAAF's Task Force, Rune Andersen, said on Monday (July 31) that Russia had yet to meet several of the criteria for reinstatement. Drug-testing was still insufficient and banned coaches were still operating freely, he told reporters in London after a presentation to the IAAF Council. In a lighter moment during the news conference Coe said he welcomed the suggestion Usain Bolt might become a Hollywood actor as it would help athletics reach a new audience. Eight-times Olympic champion Bolt will retire from athletics after the IAAF World Championships which start on Friday (August 4) and finish on August 13.