The International Association of Athletics Federations (World Athletics) plans to return to Russian athletes the funds they paid for obtaining neutral status in 2020. Writes about this TASS with reference to the press service of the organization.
Last year, Russian athletes had to pay $ 250 each to obtain this status, and athletes under the age of 20 – $ 100 each. But none of them received the status and admission to international competitions, since the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) was unable to pay the fine until July 1, 2020.
“This money will be returned to the athletes,” said World Athletics when asked by journalists about the return of the money spent on registration of the status.
Recall that in November 2015, the ARAF membership in World Athletics was suspended based on an investigation by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission. Since then, the suspension of Russian athletes has been extended more than 15 times.
In July 2020, the Council of the international organization World Athletics decided that ARAF would be expelled from the association if it did not pay $ 6.3 million, and also did not fulfill a number of other obligations. A fine was imposed on the organization for falsifying documents by the previous leadership in the case of the jumper Danil Lysenko. On August 12, the fine was paid.
In March of this year, it became known that for Russian athletes who have never violated anti-doping rules, the issuance of neutral statuses will resume.