IAAF council approve recommendation by Russia doping taskforce to keep ban in place as the organisation announces China's Ninjang hosts of 2020 world indoor championships.
SHOWS: MONACO (NOVEMBER 26, 2017) (IAAF - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) 1. NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS 2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RUSSIA DOPING TASKFORCE CHAIRMAN RUNE ANDERSEN, SAYING: "Unless there is an acknowledgment of what happened before, there can be no assurance that it will not happen again. Therefore the task force recommended to the IAAF council that RUSEF not be re-instated at this time. The council accepted unanimously that recommendation and the taskforce is very grateful to the IAAF council and its president for the support that we have received in our deliberations." 3. JOURNALIST, ATHLETES AND OFFICIALS AT NEWS CONFERENCE 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "Let me be really clear here, we had three outstanding extraordinary bids this morning, the length of deliberation and discussion around the table exemplified that. There can only be one winner, it is sport. It is my great pleasure to announce that Nanjing won the approval of the council this morning to stage the 2020 world indoor championships." 5. JOURNALIST, ATHLETES AND OFFICIALS AT NEWS CONFERENCE STORY: Russia still has not met key requirements for the reinstatement of its athletics federation and an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ban instituted in 2015 will remain in effect, the global governing body said on Sunday (November 26). The IAAF's council unanimously approved the continuation of the suspension, following a recommendation by its Russia doping taskforce. The decision comes despite denials by Russian political and sports leaders of doping problems in the country. The decision means Russian athletes will not be allowed to compete under their country's flag at March's world indoor championships in Birmingham, England, unless the IAAF's "roadmap" to reinstatement is met. Athletes whose drug-testing history has been reviewed, however, will be allowed to participate as neutral athletes as they did at August's world championships in London. The IAAF decision comes just days before the International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board meets on Dec. 5-6 in Lausanne to determine whether Russian athletes can compete in February's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea. WADA earlier this month declared Russia's anti-doping agency non-compliant with the WADA Code but it will be the IOC that makes the final decision on the country's participation. The IAAF also awarded its 2020 world indoor championships to Nanjing, China, who beat Polish city Torun and Serbian capital Belgrade for the rights to host the event.