Athletics federation votes to keep Russia banned from Rio Olympics
VIENNA: Worldathletics’governing body decided on Friday to maintain its doping ban on all Russian athletes, Russia’s athletics federation said, leaving the country’s hopes of competing in the Rio Olympics dependent on Olympic chiefsgivingaspecialdispensation at a meeting next week.
The Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was meeting in Vienna to decide whether to lift the ban after hearing from a task force that significant doping problems still existed in Russia. The suspension was first imposed in November and extended in March.
The TASS news agency quoted a spokesperson for Russia’s athletics federation as saying the IAAF Council had decided not to lift Russia’s suspension. A news conferencewas scheduled for later in the afternoon. Russian Sports MinisterVitalyMutkosaidRussia would definitely react to the decision, TASS reported.