The International Association of Athletics Federations
(IAAF) voted at the weekend for the 11th time to uphold a ban first introduced
in November 2015 after evidence of mass state-sponsored doping appeared.
Russia's participation at this year's Doha world championships remains on tenterhooks.
decision of the IAAF raises regrets," local Olympic committee head said
Stanislav Pozdnyakov told the state TASS news agency, stressing that
Russia "absolutely fulfilled its obligations".
World champion high
jumper Mariya Lasitskene however said that athletes are fed up with
promises to reform the country's doping-tainted coaching while blaming
their failures on an anti-Russian conspiracy.
"All of these people
think that athletes don't see or understand anything, and their
business is only to jump and keep quiet," Lasitskene wrote in an
unusually exasperated Instagram post.
"I hope that people
implicated in this never-ending shame spectacle find the courage to
quit," she wrote. "I'm not talking about only the management, but all
coaches who are convinced that you can't win without doping."
She said the new generation of Russian athletes "should grow up with a different philosophy."
post struck a nerve and received many comments. "Right on point," wrote
long jump European champion Darya Klishina - the only Russian athlete
to compete in the 2017 World Championships as a "neutral" and finish
with a silver medal.
The latest report by the IAAF's Task Force,
charged with investigating the scandal, noted some positive developments
from the Russian side.
Those included the repayment of the €2.8
million it has cost the Task Force to do its work
as well as access granted to the Moscow laboratory at the heart of the
doping scandal between 2011-15.
But the Task Force also noted reports that Russian coaches who had been suspended for doping were continuing to train athletes.
worrying was a Sunday Times story on June 2 alleging that Russian
athletics federation (RUSAF) officials fabricated documents to show that
Danil Lysenko, the 2017 world silver high jump medallist, was too ill
to provide his whereabouts after failing to make himself available for
out-of-competition drug testing.
The last global event Russia
appeared in was the 2015 Beijing world championships, but dozens of
Russian athletes cleared by the IAAF have gone on to compete as
The next chance Russia has of seeing the ban overturned
will be at a IAAF Council meeting in Doha just days before the September
27-October 6 world championships in the Qatari capital, leaving a
hypothetical window open for its reintegration almost four years on from
the initial ban.