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Rio Olympics 2016: Russia fails to overturn athlete ban for next month's Games.

Author: Tony Karera
On:21/07/2016 19:20
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Russian track and field athletes will remain banned from the Olympics following claims the country ran a state-sponsored doping program

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 Russian athletes attempted to overturn the suspension, implemented by the body that governs world athletics.

But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled it can stand.

A handful of Russian athletes could still compete as neutrals at the Rio Games, which start on 5 August.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said it was "pleased CAS has supported its position", adding that the judgment had "created a level playing field for athletes".

IAAF president Lord Coe added: "This is not a day for triumphant statements. I didn't come into this sport to stop athletes from competing.

"Beyond Rio, the IAAF taskforce will continue to work with Russia to establish a clean safe environment for its athletes so that its federation and team can return to international recognition and competition."

Separately, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is considering calls to ban all Russian competitors across all sports from the Rio Games following a second report into state-sponsored doping.

Source: BBC



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