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Coe: Athletics-IAAF votes unanimously to keep Russia banned

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 01:01

The Council of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) voted unanimously to extend the ban of Russian athletes from competing internationally following a major doping scandal. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Russia's ban from athletics was upheld by the sport's governing body on Friday, leaving the country's hopes of competing in the Rio Olympics dependent on the IOC giving it special dispensation at a meeting next week. The Council of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) voted unanimously to extend the ban after hearing from a task force that significant doping problems still existed in Russia. The suspension was first imposed in November. "Some progress has been made, but not enough," IAAF President Sebastian Coe told reporters. "The decision was unanimous - politics did not play a part in that room today." But Coe also said it was possible that "athletes who are not tested under the Russian system but in systems that have effective anti-doping programmes will have their individual cases assessed".

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Coe: Athletics-IAAF votes unanimously to keep Russia banned

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 01:01