Doping ban on Russian athletes upheld

The Olympic (left) and Russian flags during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
The Olympic (left) and Russian flags during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. PHOTO: EPA

The international ban on Russian athletes will remain after athletics chiefs decided in Vienna yesterday not to lift the suspension that was initially imposed in November.

This effectively bars Russian athletes from competing in the Rio Olympics. The ban followed accusations of state-sponsored doping, despite Russia saying it was "fully committed" to reforms.

Russian athletes are unable to compete in events sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federations. Russia now has to rely on being given special dispensation by the International Olympic Committee to compete in the Rio Games. The World Anti-Doping Agency this week said officials in Russia were being stopped from testing athletes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 18, 2016, with the headline 'Doping ban on Russian athletes upheld'. Print Edition | Subscribe