Moscow - Yury Ganus, the head of Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA)
suggested on Monday some drastic changes in the country's athletics
federation (ARAF) organisation and in the coaching staff of the national
In a letter that the RUSADA chief sent to Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the
president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), Ganus stressed that
the measures he suggested should be taken immediately to ensure the
country's athletes full participation in the 2020 Olympics.
Among the measures that RUSADA boss proposed were the discharge of
the country's athletics federation's top officials, including its
president Dmitry Shlyakhtin, and all of the national team athletics
"The continuation of the ARAF work in its current condition leaves
little chances for the the country's athletes to perform at the 2020
Olympics without any restrictions," Ganus wrote.
"With the time remaining before the start of the Tokyo Olympics
quickly running out there is plenty of work to do in co-operation with
(the international athletics ruling body) IAAF to reorganise the
Last year the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia
from participation in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea,
but some of the country's athletes with no history of doping were
allowed to compete as neutrals.
Ganus also suggested creating an international work group consisting
of the country's athletics specialists who have never been linked with
doping and the internationanl experts to boost the ARAF reinstatement as
The IAAF suspended Russian athletics federation in November 2015 after the eruption of a vast state-sponsored doping scandal.
RUSADA was also suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Last year's WADA decision to reinstate RUSADA caused a wave of anger
from the number of sports officials, federations and athletes around the
IAAF meanwhile uphold the ban on Russian athletes earlier this year.
Rune Andersen, head of the IAAF doping task force, said two issues
remained unresolved -- the examination of data received from the Moscow
anti-doping laboratory and the issue of outstanding costs being sought
from Russia because of the scandal.
"Two key issues remain outstanding," said Andersen at a press conference in Doha in March. "These need to be resolved."