In the meantime, Russian athletes can still apply to the

In the meantime, Russian athletes can still apply to the
IAAF doping review board to compete if they can demonstrate they have undergone a testing system, as the US-based long jumper Darya Klishina did successfully for the Rio Games.
The ban has led to Russian athletes missing the Olympics in Brazil and its current extension means the bulk of them will also likely miss the March 3-5 European Indoor Championships in Belgrade.
Putin, in his annual state of the nation address earlier Thursday, pledged that Russia’s new anti-doping programme would be ready in early 2017, with hopes that its track and field stars could take part in qualification essential for attendance at the world championships in London in August.
“I hope that by the spring qualifications for the World Championship, which will be held in 2017 in Lausanne, our athletics (federation) will be reinstated,” Russian news agencies quoted deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko as saying.
“I think that this will be done, that it will be reinstated. All the criteria are being fulfilled, people are working. But some deadlines probably still need to pass.” Andersen added: “We are working hand in hand with Russian track and field, Russian anti-doping agency and Russian authorities, it is a very, very thorough piece of work that is being conducted by the Taskforce members.
“We are giving advice on how we see that the verification criteria should be met, but of course at the end of the day it is the Russians themselves who have to do the work and implement all these changes.”
IAAF president Coe said he was “satisfied we are making progress”.
“But there has to be a recognition that this is a system that cataclysmically failed clean athletes,” Coe added, somewhat at odds with Putin’s reference in his Thursday speech to a “so-called doping scandal”. (AFP) PDS PDS