IAAF upholds bans on Russian athletes for Rio Games

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Updated: June 17, 2016 9:29 PM

The IAAF has upheld its ban on Russia's track and field team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

russia doping ban, World athletics' governing body, doping ban on Russian athletes, Russian athletes ban, Sky News, Rio Olympics, OlympicsA spokeswoman for Russia’s athletics federation said she could not confirm the reports that the ban had been upheld. Russian delegate Mikhail Butov was still waiting to hear the outcome of the IAAF Council meeting, she said. (Reuters)

The IAAF has upheld its ban on Russia’s track and field team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The Russian sports ministry says it was notified of the decision by track and field’s world governing body, which ruled that the country has not done enough to earn reinstatement.

The suspension was imposed in November following a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency commission that alleged state-sponsored cheating, corruption and cover-ups in Russian track and field.

The Russian ministry says it is ‘extremely disappointed’ by the decision to ban the entire team from the games. It appealed to the IOC to ‘consider the impact that our athletes’ exclusion will have on the dreams and the people of Russia’.


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