Russian athletics federation accepts full suspension over doping scandal

The Russian athletics federation has accepted a full suspension in the wake of the doping scandal involving the country

The Russian athletics federation has accepted full suspension over its doping scandal and has promised to co-operate with inspectors who will oversee changes to its drug-testing system.

The IAAF, world athletics' governing body, confirmed the full suspension after a council meeting in Monaco and that the Russian federation (ARAF) had not requested a hearing.

An IAAF statement said: "IAAF Council was today informed that written confirmation had been received yesterday from ARAF accepting their full suspension without requesting a hearing as was their constitutional right.

"ARAF confirmed they understood that council would only accept their reinstatement as an IAAF member following the recommendation of the IAAF inspection team who will decide if the verification criteria have been fulfilled. ARAF confirmed they will co-operate fully and actively with the team."

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