World Athletics has put seven international locations on its new competitors manipulation watchlist.
It follows an Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) investigation into 17 studies of suspicious leads to qualification for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The international locations in query are Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
World Athletics stated it can work with the international locations to “enhance and reform their competitors procedures”.
“The integrity of our sport is our highest precedence at World Athletics,” stated World Athletics president Lord Coe. “With out it, we do not have a sport.
“Sustaining integrity requires everlasting vigilance and it is a well timed reminder that each one our member federations have to be equally dedicated to upholding the rules of truthful competitors.”
World Athletics says it can solely recognise leads to these international locations from official worldwide or space championships, sure worldwide competitions – just like the Diamond League – and “nationwide championships, offered sure circumstances are fulfilled and topic to World Athletics approval”.