No Russian athletes at the 2016 world indoor championships: Source

Russia's national team athletes conduct training at their ground in Sochi, Russia, on Nov 14, 2015.
Russia's national team athletes conduct training at their ground in Sochi, Russia, on Nov 14, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

(Reuters) - There will no be Russian athletes at the 2016 world indoor championships, a source with knowledge of the decision told Reuters on Thursday (Nov 19).

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) suspended Russia last week amid allegations of widespread and state-sponsored doping, detailed in a World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission report.

IAAF chief Sebastian Coe said on Thursday that Russia needs to prove its commitment to anti-doping according to 'robust' verification criteria if its track and field athletes are to return to competitions.