June 9, 2019 / 12:05 PM / 7 days ago

ATHLETICS-IAAF extends ban against Russia

MONACO, June 9 (Reuters) - Global athletics governing body IAAF on Sunday extended a ban against Russia's athletics federation, which has been suspended since 2015 over evidence of mass doping in the sport.

Russia's athletics federation was suspended in November 2015 after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of widespread doping in the sport.

Rune Andersen, chairman of the IAAF task force overseeing Russia's reinstatement efforts, said the Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees integrity issues in international athletics, would be looking into Reuters findings that two Russian athletics coaches and one doctor banned for doping remain involved with athletes.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; editing by Jason Neely

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