World Athletics can confirm that it has not received the payments due from the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) on July 1, 2020, nor any information on when the monies may be paid, despite reminders and correspondence with the Federation.
As a result, World Athletics will stand down both the Doping Review Board (DRB) and the Russian Taskforce until World Athletics’ Council has reviewed and discussed the situation at their meeting on July 29 – 30, as set out in the decision made by the Council on March 12.
Both the Russian Taskforce and the DRB have, in good faith, moved forward in a number of areas such as the process to recruit two independent experts to work alongside RusAF and its Reinstatement Commission on a detailed reinstatement plan.
The DRB has also opened up the Authorised Neutral Athlete (ANA) the process to facilitate the granting of ANA status for athletes returning to competition, in preparation for the fine being paid by July 1. Both of these processes will be put on hold until the Council meets at the end of July to ensure World Athletics is not incurring additional costs that may not be reimbursed.
The payments due from RusAF is USD $5 million (fine) and $1.31 million (Reinstatement Conditions & Verification Criteria costs incurred from June 30, 2019, to March 31, 2020, including Legal & CAS Costs; Task Force Costs; Doping Review Board Costs, and Lysenko Investigation costs).