The Hindu

IAAF suspends Russia



Athletics giant Russia was provisiona­lly suspended from track and field on Friday over accusation­s of “statespons­ored” doping as the IAAF scrambled to salvage the sport’s credibilit­y just nine months out from the Rio Olympics.

“Today we have been dealing with the failure of ARAF (All-Russia Athletic Federation) and made the decision to provisiona­lly suspend them, the toughest sanction we can apply at this time,” IAAF president Sebastian Coe said. “But we discussed and agreed that the whole system has failed the athletes, not just in Russia, but around the world.”

Russian Mikhail Butov, an IAAF council member and ARAF secretary-general, presented his country’s position before 24 of the 27-strong IAAF Council chaired by Coe. But the council returned a vote of 22 for and 1 against, the simple majority confirming a suspension for Russia, which was accused of widespread doping by an independen­t commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

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