IAAF confirms ban on Russia's track and field athletes in Rio

Wed Jul 27, 2016 9:51am EDT
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(Reuters) - The global governing body for athletics on Wednesday stood behind its ban on Russia's track and field athletes competing at the Rio Olympics, effectively leaving all avenues explored in Moscow's attempts to get the team readmitted.

The decision was discriminatory, amounted to a political campaign waged against Russian sportspeople and devalued any medals won in their absence, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) imposed the ban in November in response to systematic state-sponsored doping by Russia.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), sport's highest court, upheld that decision last week.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko wrote to the IAAF on Monday to get the ban overturned. But there were "no grounds for further review", the organization said on Wednesday.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) rejected calls to impose a blanket ban on Russians competing at the Rio Games, which start on Aug. 5, after the independent McLaren report found evidence of state-sponsored doping at the Sochi Olympics.

The IOC passed the baton to each sport's world governing federation to clear individual Russian competitors for next month's Games, adding that the athletes must have a clean international record on drug testing to be eligible to compete.

Maintaining its ban, the IAAF said the applications by 68 Russian athletes for eligibility to compete in Rio were assessed carefully and individually by its Doping Review Board.

"Only (long jumper Darya Klishina) ...was found to meet the criteria for exceptional eligibility. CAS considered the appeals of the (other) 67 athletes fully and rejected them," it said in a statement.   Continued...

Journalists are seen near a logo of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at a hotel where the IAAF council holds a meeting in Vienna, Austria, June 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger