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Thursday, November 26, 2015

IAAF says Russia accepts ban, will cooperate with inspectors

MONACO (AP) — The IAAF says Russia's federation fully accepts its suspension from track and field over its systematic doping culture.

The IAAF council voted on Nov. 13 to suspend Russia's federation — ARAF — after a "deeply rooted culture of cheating" was identified by a World Anti-Doping Agency commission.

Russia was told by the IAAF to ban athletes, doctors, coaches and others who doped or were complicit in it and implement reforms, including encouraging whistle-blowing

The IAAF says its council was informed on Thursday that "written confirmation had been received ... from ARAF accepting their full suspension without requesting a hearing."

An IAAF statement adds that the Russians "will cooperate fully and actively" with inspectors who will rule on whether they can be reinstated to the governing body.