Sebastian Coe, IAAF's President, attends a press conference as part of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) council meeting in Monaco, December 1, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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Russia remains suspended from international athletics competition after the IAAF voted Thursday to extend the ban for state-sponsored doping with the next review scheduled for February. The IAAF Council, under the presidency of Sebastian Coe, ruled to uphold the suspension despite Russian President Vladimir Putin having recently approved a law criminalizing doping in sports.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) imposed its initial ban on Russia in November 2015 and has twice extended it, in March and June, on the grounds that the criteria set for the track and field powerhouses to be reincluded had not been met.The reinstatement conditions demand that RusAF comply in full with the World Anti-Doping Code and IAAF anti-doping rules, that the IAAF and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) are able to conduct their anti-doping programs and testing without interference, and as a result the reintegration of Russian athletes into international competitions will not jeopardize the integrity of those competitions.
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