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Statement by USATF President and IAAF Council Member Stephanie Hightower on the IAAF Council’s decision


The decision by Council goes to the essence of our sport's most critical issue. The IAAF has the obligation to do what is best for the sport and, first and foremost, to ensure clean and fair competition for all athletes. The continued suspension of the Russian federation came after a thorough and fair process. It is the only proper course of action given the compelling and powerful evidence presented to Council. We do not believe that every Russian athlete cheated, and it is unfortunate and regrettable that some may pay a penalty for the serious transgressions of their federation. Ultimately, Council chose to act with unanimity and strength to help rebuild the integrity of the sport and the public trust.

Jill Geer
Chief Public Affairs Officer
USA Track & Field

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