Chiller pours cold wa­ter on Rus­sia cheats meet

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AUS­TRALIA’S Olympic del­e­ga­tion head Kitty Chiller has ques­tioned Rus­sia’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to elim­i­nate drug cheats af­ter it was an­nounced that the coun­try would host an al­ter­na­tive event for banned track and field ath­letes in Moscow.

On Wed­nes­day, the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion (IAAF) up­held the ban on 67 Rus­sian track and field ath­letes for sys­tem­atic state-spon­sored dop­ing, end­ing any hopes they had of com­pet­ing at next month’s Rio Games.

The Moscow tour­na­ment, which was an­nounced by Rus­sian state news agency TASS, will fea­ture banned ath­letes in­clud­ing Olympic high jump cham­pion Ivan Ukhov and world 110 me­tres hur­dles cham­pion Sergey Shubenkov.

“On one hand Rus­sia is say­ing they want to change their sys­tem and the cul­ture of dop­ing in their coun­try,” Chiller told re­porters on Thurs­day.

“And yet to or­gan­ise an event for those cheats and for those dop­ers I think is com­pletely the wrong mes­sage.” – Reuters

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