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MOSCOW, November 9. /TASS/. The All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) must pay out a debt of $2.76 million to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), ARAF President Dmitry Shlyakhtin said on Friday.

“The exact sum of ARAF’s debt to IAAF stands at $2.76 million,” Shlyakhtin told journalists. “I have asked the IAAF Taskforce Group to give us half a year to repay the debt and they are thinking about it now.”

“We will begin holding direct talks on this issue with their financial experts starting on Monday,” Shlyakhtin added.

In 2015, the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission carried out an investigation into the activities of ARAF, the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, the RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency) and the Russian Sports Ministry.

The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances.

The work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and RUSADA was eventually suspended. The IAAF in turn decided to suspend ARAF’s membership in the global governing body of athletics and put forward a host of criteria, which the Russian ruling body of track and field sports was obliged to implement in order to restore its membership in the global federation.

The IAAF, however, permitted clean athletes from Russia to participate in the international tournaments under the neutral status or the Authorized Neutral Athlete (ANA) until the membership of the ARAF was reinstated.

The WADA Executive Committee announced on September 20 that RUSADA was again in compliance with the Code of the global agency and its membership was reinstated. Russia’s membership with the IAAF still remains suspended.

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