Russian Track Athletes banned from Rio 2016 Olympics

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The world’s highest authority in sports – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a decision by the track and field’s governing body to exclude 68 Russian competitors involved in doping scandal. With only 15 days until the opening ceremony of Rio Olympics, Russian sports authority is concerned about whether the rest of its Olympic team will be taking part or not.

No country as a whole has ever been barred from the games for doping, and Russia is a major force in the Olympic movement as well as a sports powerhouse.

The last time Russia was missing from the Olympics was when it boycotted the 1984 Los Angeles Games in retaliation for the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow Games over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which imposed the track and field ban, said it was “thankful” for the CAS ruling. “While we are thankful that our rules and our power to uphold our rules and the anti-doping code have been supported, this is not a day for triumphant statements,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe said in a statement. “I didn’t come into this sport to stop athletes from competing. It is our federation’s instinctive desire to include, not exclude.”


Source: NBC News

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