An IAAF taskforce that has been charged with helping RusAF meet those criteria since the country's suspension in late 2015 gave an updated report at the IAAF Council meeting on Monday.

The IAAF Council also agreed to end the formal bidding processes for hosting major athletics events. "However, barring any unexpected developments, the Task Force does think that it will be able to recommend conditional reinstatement of RUSAF to IAAF membership".

Track and field's world governing body decided Monday to maintain Russia's suspension from global competition.

"If everything goes in accordance to plan there will be a full reinstatement by November 2017", said Andersen.

An earlier report found evidence of state-supported doping of Russian athletes at the Sochi winter games.

Russian Federation will also have to wait until WADA has reinstated its anti-doping agency Anderson said.

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Silnov said he was opposed to the idea of neutral athletes in principle and might have refused the status during his competitive career, but said he would accept others doing so if there was no other way to compete.

Now, there is some bad news for Russian Federation track and field athletes, who will not take part in the IAAF London World Championships, which is scheduled to take shape in August 2017 as well.

The IAAF said Russian progress over doping was mixed, pointing also to "unhelpful public comments recently made by some Russian sporting officials" - a possible reference to the outspoken Mutko, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. RUSAF itself has created a committee to investigate state collusion to cover up doping by Russian track and field athletes, though critics including Anderson remain skeptical of the committee's ability to stamp out cheating in the system.

The taskforce appointed by the IAAF to investigate the current system in the country has said concerns still exist about drug-testing procedures.

The IAAF's communication director, Jackie Brock-Doyle, confirmed that 35 Russian athletes had so far applied to compete at next month's European World Indoor Championships in Serbia as neutrals, with at least two athletes already given the green light. Their ban has been extended by the IAAF ruling them out of the championships.

The statement quoted Coe as saying: "It has become abundantly clear with regular multiple transfers of athletes, especially from Africa that the present rules are no longer fit for the objective". "Athletics has to be based on national teams and is particularly vulnerable".


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