Sebastian Coe will be invited to Russia's Moscow 1980 celebrations ©Getty Images

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has confirmed it will invite International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe to its 40th anniversary celebrations of the Moscow Olympics next year.

Coe won Olympic gold over 1500 metres at the Games in 1980 but has presided over the IAAF during Russia's ongoing suspension from track and field.

He was in charge when the IAAF initially banned the Russian Athletics Federation in November 2015 due to the country's doping scandal, with this sanction extended for an 11th time in June.

Russia has been accused of an institutional scheme of doping and cover-ups which has seen numerous athletes and coaches banned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the ROC to ensure that the IAAF ban is lifted in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but Coe and the organisation are showing no signs of changing their position unless strict criteria is met.

"I believe that the invitations will be extended to all international sports federations, there must be no discrimination," said Honorary President of the ROC Vitaly Smirnov to Russia's state news agency TASS.

Sebastian Coe won gold over 1,500m at Moscow 1980 ©Getty Images
Sebastian Coe won gold over 1,500m at Moscow 1980 ©Getty Images

"Moreover, Coe is the champion of the Olympics in Moscow.

"He will certainly get an invitation. 

"Why not?"

Coe is set to be elected for another term as IAAF President alongside the World Championships in Doha next month as the Briton will be unopposed.

Smirnov confirmed to TASS that the anniversary celebrations would take place three weeks before the start of Tokyo 2020 on July 24.

The International Olympic Committee are among the bodies expected to take part.

The Soviet Union topped the Moscow 1980 medals table on home soil with 80 golds in a total haul of 195.

However, the United States led a 66-country boycott of the event in protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Four years later, the Soviets led a 14-country boycott of the Los Angeles 1984 Games in the US.