Aus­tralia wel­come ex­tended ban on Rus­sia

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

MEL­BOURNE—Aus­tralian Olympic chief John Coates on Satur­day wel­comed a ban on Rus­sian track and field ath­letes from the Rio Olympics amid dop­ing claims, and said other sports could be next. “I’m very happy with it,” Coates said af­ter world ath­let­ics gov­ern­ing body IAAF on Fri­day voted unan­i­mously to main­tain the ban against the Rus­sian ath­let­ics fed­er­a­tion.

The IAAF left the door ajar for some of the coun­try’s ath­letes to com­pete in Brazil as neu­trals but Coates, a vice-pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC), said he ex­pected “there will be some pretty high hur­dles there”.

“Where I would sit (would be) ath­letes should have to es­tab­lish that they have had sam­ples col­lected by an anti-dop­ing author­ity out­side of Rus­sia and that they have been an­a­lysed out­side of Rus­sia and on a reg­u­lar ba­sis,” he told re­porters in Mel­bourne.

“Clearly any anal­y­sis or any col­lec­tions in Rus­sia would not mean any­thing.”

Coates, who this week slammed Rus­sia’s anti-dop­ing agency and ath­let­ics body as “rot­ten to the core”, said it was pos­si­ble that more of the coun­try’s sport­ing fed­er­a­tions could face bans. “Overnight I’ve also read some al­le­ga­tions in re­spect of Rus­sian swim­ming so FINA will no doubt be look­ing at that,” Coates said re­fer­ring to that sport’s gov­ern­ing body.

“And I also an­tic­i­pate that the in­ter­na­tional weightlift­ing fed­er­a­tion will be tak­ing a se­ri­ous look at Rus­sia and maybe some other for­mer Soviet re­publics in re­spect of mul­ti­ple pos­i­tives com­ing out of the retest­ing.” Coates said an IOC meet­ing this week would dis­cuss the ath­let­ics ban but said he would be sur­prised if it over­turned the IAAF de­ci­sion.—APP

Ire­land’s Wes Hoola­han, cen­ter, is chal­lenged by Bel­gium’s Toby Alder­weireld dur­ing the Euro 2016 Group E soccer match be­tween Bel­gium and Ire­land at the Nou­veau Stade in Bordeaux.

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