Coe meets with Russian athletics chief to discuss doping ban

MOSCOW (AP) IAAF President Sebastian Coe has met with the new head of the Russian athletics federation, which was banned from world track and field in November over doping.

The Russian federation says Coe and Dmitry Shlyakhtin discussed ''Russian athletics and the way to lead it out of the crisis.''

Shlyakhtin briefed Coe on reforms in Russian track and field, saying they are ''an issue that can't be solved in one day and which requires systematic and painstaking work,'' according to the Russian federation.

Russia was suspended from competition, including August's Olympics, after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission accused Russia of operating a systematic and state-sponsored program of drug use by star athletes.

The International Association of Athletics Federations did not respond immediately to a request for comment.