Russia Lost Appeal on Track & Field Athletes



Russia lost its appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal of 68 Russian athletes seeking to overturn the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.

The IOC said it would “study and analyze the full decision” and make its final ruling on the participation of Russian athletes “in the coming days.” The Olympics open in Rio on Aug. 5.

The three-person panel ruled that the Russian Olympic Committee “is not entitled to nominate Russian track and field athletes to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games considering that they are not eligible to participate under the IAAF competition rules.”(ESPN)

Russia has canceled a ceremonial send-off for its Olympic athletes heading to Rio, as the prospect of a ban for Russia’s whole team is still unknown.

President Vladimir Putin also would not take part in a previously scheduled meeting with Russia’s Olympians.

The Russians have the right to appeal to the Swiss federal tribunal within 30 days.

The World Anti-Doping Agency and other doping bodies have called the IOC to consider the unprecedented step of kicking out the entire Russian contingent following new allegations of a vast government-organized doping program.

Yulia Stepanova, an 800-meter runner and Florida-based long jumper Darya Klishina are the only ones who have received IAAF eligibility.

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