A total of 24 Members of Council took part in the meeting: 22 voted in favour of the sanction against ARAF, who have been officially informed of the Council’s decision, 1 voted against. The Council Member from Russia was not eligible to participate in the vote.

But the Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko says the IAAF's suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) is only temporary.


The minister is confident athletes will be able to return to competition before long, despite such a unanimous decision to implement a ban.

According to Mutko the ARAF suspension is temporary. "A special commission will make things clear. I am convinced that everything can still be rectified," Mutko told TASS

On Friday Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)  provisionally suspended the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) as an IAAF Member with immediate effect.

The decision was taken at the 201st IAAF Council Meeting which was held by teleconference and chaired from London by IAAF President Sebastian Coe.


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