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Russia athletes face ban for doping offenses

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 01:29

The World Anti-Doping Agency says it has found a ''deeply rooted culture of cheating'' in Russian athletes and is recommending that Russia's Athletics Federation be banned from international competition over widespread doping offences. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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There's a chance Russian athletes won't see the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro next year. The World Anti-Doping Agency wants Russia's Athletics Federation banned from all international competition after a report into drug misuse found evidence of widespread doping. The agency describes what it calls a "deeply rooted culture of cheating" in Russian athletics... and systemic failures by globally authorities to stop it. Former agency president, Dick Pound: (SOUNDBITE) (English) DICK POUND, FORMER WADA PRESIDENT, SAYING: "As the investigation went on, we discovered information that not only related to sport corruption, in the general sense of it, but also to possible criminal actions as well." But the decision to suspend Russia can be made only by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Its president, Sebastian Coe, says Russia has until the end of the week to respond. (SOUNDBITE) (English) IAAF PRESIDENT, SEBASTIAN COE, SAYING: "This is a 320-page report. We will have to absorb that. There will be lessons in this for all of us and we will take those lessons." But Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko denies the allegations... although he has been singled out as being both "aware of" and "complicit" in the doping scandal.

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Russia athletes face ban for doping offenses

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 01:29