World Athletics had stated that it might resolve whether or not to permit Russian athletes to compete as ‘Authorised Impartial Athletes’ (ANA) in worldwide competitions in its subsequent council assembly in March 2021, or earlier.
Russia was banned from competing in worldwide competitions for the subsequent two years, together with the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, by way of a ruling from the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). CAS’s ruling is a discount from the preliminary four-year ban the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) had imposed.
“World Athletics is happy that CAS’s determination was guided by the worldwide normal which World Athletics helped to set following the stand the game took in 2016,” stated World Athletics in an announcement. Athletics’ international governing physique stated that the choice doesn’t change its course of on coping with the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF).
“For the sake of readability, the choice by CAS at the moment doesn’t change the method that World Athletics has been going by way of with RusAF over the past 5 years. The World Athletics Council will contemplate whether or not to permit Russian athletes to compete once more as ANA in worldwide competitions (together with permitting as much as 10 ANAs to take part in World Athletics Collection occasions and the Tokyo Olympic Video games) at its subsequent assembly, in March 2021, or earlier if the Taskforce so recommends, based mostly on the progress made by RusAF,” it stated.
Russia will miss the Tokyo Olympic Video games and Beijing Winter Olympic Video games because the CAS imposed a two-year ban on the nation on Thursday. The ultimate determination from CAS resulted from a secret arbitration listening to between WADA and the Russian Anti-Doping Company final month.
Russian athletes will nonetheless be allowed to compete at worldwide tournaments, however solely as neutrals.