Isinbayeva calls for IAAF to lift Russia’s ban for worlds

MOSCOW — Former Olympic pole vault champion and current International Olympic Committee member Yelena Isinbayeva has called on the IAAF to lift Russia’s ban from international track and field in time for the world championships next month.

Russia has been suspended since 2015 over widespread doping, though the IAAF allows dozens of Russians to compete as neutrals.

In comments to Russian state news agency Tass, Isinbayeva says the IAAF “definitely” should reinstated Russia because “the criteria, the road-map points, which the (Russian) federation was issued have been completed.”

The IAAF has expressed concern Russia could be backsliding on earlier commitments, such as enforcing bans on coaches involved with doping. IAAF President Sebastian Coe told The Associated Press on Sunday that Russia could “technically” be reinstated for the world championships in Qatar.

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