The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) has admitted responsibility for obstructing an anti-doping investigation into one of its top athletes in a move which sees the embattled body take a step towards reinstatement by World Athletics.
Newly-elected RusAF President Yevgeny Yurchenko claimed he had "fully acknowledged" the allegations made by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) against the organisation "related to the actions of the previous leadership in the Lysenko case".
Yurchenko, who succeeded Dmitry Shlyakhtin as head of the RusAF last week, claimed he was hopeful the acceptance of wrongdoing could pave the way for the lifting the suspension from World Athletics.
The RusAF has been suspended since November 2015 following revelations of state-sponsored doping.
The status of the crisis-ridden body is set to headline the agenda at the World Athletics Council meeting in Monaco next week.
"I very much hope that, even belatedly, our actions make it possible to remove from the agenda the matter of expelling RusAF from World Athletics, and will make it possible to start the procedure of reinstating RusAF in World Athletics as a full member, and also to resume the process of issuing neutral status to our athletes," Yurchenko said.
The AIU recommended RusAF be expelled from World Athletics after ruling it had failed to satisfactorily answer allegations against the officials charged with obstructing the probe into Lysenko, the world indoor high jump champion.
Shlyakhtin resigned as RusAF President after he was one of the seven officials charged by the AIU and the case prompted the Russian Sports Ministry to suspend its accreditation of the RusAF.
Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin has confirmed the state accreditation of the RusAF had been restored.
"I hope that ways to overcome the crisis will be found, first of all, regarding the reinstatement of our athletes in their rights on the participation in international tournaments, as well as the future reinstatement [of RusAF] with World Athletics," Matytsin said.
"I wish the new President [of RusAF] all of the best luck and success, and reiterate that the Sports Ministry will be cooperating with RusAF on all aspects regarding the development of the national track and field athletics."