Seb Coe on IAAF Russia Taskforce, Reallocation of Prize Money

The IAAF Taskforce’s latest interim report about the reinstatement process concerning the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) was delivered to Council by Taskforce Member Geoff Gardener.

The Taskforce is concerned that little progress has been made since its last report.

The roadmap of six milestones for RusAF’s reinstatement which the Taskforce presented to Council at its last meeting on 6 February are still outstanding and at present it does not look like they will be met any time soon.

Sebastian Coe commented: “Council was disappointed and concerned to learn that the prospect of the milestones being fulfilled this year by RusAF remains a distant one.

In particular the situation of the athlete Mr Andrey Dmitriev, a champion of the clean sport movement in Russia, is alarming considering he has felt it necessary to take sanctuary abroad.

Anyone with information about a system which has failed to protect the goals and aspirations of clean athletes must feel it is safe to speak out.”

Reallocation of Prize Money 

The Council agreed to the formation of a Prize Money Working Group (WG) - Pierce O'Callaghan (chair), José Maria Odriozola, Duffy Mahoney, Pauline Davis, Paul Hardy and Paula Radcliffe – to look at prize money, including fundamental principles of prize money vis a vis economic status of athletes and report back to the Competition Commission.

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