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The All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF; Russian: Всероссийская федерация лёгкой атлетики, ВФЛА) was the governing body for athletics in Russia. It was replaced by the Russian Athletics Federation.

All-Russia Athletic Federation
AffiliationIAAF (Suspended)
Regional affiliationEAA
HeadquartersMoscow, Russia
LocationLuzhnetskaya nab. 8 119992
PresidentDmitry Shlyakhtin
SecretaryMikhail Butov
Official website

Its current president is Dmitry Shlyakhtin.[1]


Affiliations and associationsEdit

ARAF is the national member federation for Russia in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the European Athletics Association (EAA). Presently, due to the issues discussed below, its participation in both organisations is provisionally suspended.[2]

National recordsEdit

ARAF maintains the Russian records in athletics.

Doping allegationsEdit

In December 2014, the German broadcaster ARD made wide-ranging allegations of doping in Russian athletics and high-level cover-ups of this. Alleging state involvement in systematic cheating, the documentary accused Russia of an "East German-style" doping programme.[3] These resulted in then ARAF President Valentin Balakhnichev's resignation as Treasurer of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).[4]

In response to this, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commissioned an investigation, the report of which was published on 9 November 2015. The 323-page document, described as "damning" by The Guardian,[5] reported widespread doping and large-scale cover ups by the authorities. It recommended that ARAF be declared non-compliant with respect to the World Anti-Doping Code, and recommended that the International Olympic Committee not accept any entries from ARAF until compliance was reached.[6][7] On 13 November, the IAAF council overwhelmingly voted 22–1 in favour of prohibiting Russia from world sports events with immediate effect.[8] Under other penalties against the ARAF, Russia has been also prohibited from hosting the 2016 World Race Walking Team Championships (Cheboksary) and 2016 World Junior Championships (Kazan), and ARAF must entrust doping cases to Court of Arbitration for Sport.[8]

ARAF accepted the indefinite IAAF suspension and did not request a hearing.[9] ARAF's efforts towards regaining full IAAF membership will be monitored by a five-person IAAF team.[10]

On June 21, 2016 the International Olympic Committee affirmed the decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations, banning all of the All-Russia Athletic Federation athletes from competing in 2016 Olympics.[11][12]

2016 Summer Olympics qualified athletes denied participation by IAAFEdit


Renamed Russian Athletics Federation.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Russia elects Shlyakhtin as Russian athletics president".
  2. ^ "Statement from European Athletics". European Athletics Association. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  3. ^ Olterman, Philip (3 December 2014). "Russia accused of athletics doping cover-up on German TV". Guardian. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  4. ^ "IAAF investigating Russian Olympic gold medallist Elena Lashmanova". The Guardian.
  5. ^ "Wada calls for Russia to be banned from athletics in doping report". The Guardian. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Independent Commission – Report 1". World Anti-Doping Agency. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Athletics doping: Wada commission recommends Russia suspension". BBC. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  8. ^ a b "IAAF provisionally suspends Russian Member Federation ARAF". IAAF. 13 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Russia accepts full, indefinite ban from world athletics over doping scandal". The Guardian. 26 November 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Athletics doping: IAAF names team to inspect Russian reforms". BBC. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Declaration of the Olympic Summit". IOC. June 21, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  12. ^ Ruiz, Rebecca R. (17 July 2016). "Russia's Track and Field Team Barred From Rio Olympics". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 24 July 2016.

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