Russia athletics ban to run into 2017

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Russia's athletics ban will run into 2017 and may include the August world championships after a Task Force monitoring the nation's anti-doping programme refused on Thursday to put any dates on a "road map" for a return.

Rune Andersen, the Norwegian heading the independent Task Force, reported to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council that there had been areas of progress but many issues still needed clarifying in the new year.

"I do not want this sport to return to the grotesque stories that even over the last few days we've been waking up to," he added, in reference to recent allegations of more corruption in the organization under its previous leadership.

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