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05th July 2016

Russia appeals Olympic athletes ban

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Last month the IAAF upheld a provisional suspension on Russian track and field athletes which means that they are unable to compete for Russia in Rio next month. An appeal was lodged on 3 July with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which will be heard on 19 July.

The IAAF rules have been amended so that any Russian athlete “who can clearly and convincingly show that they are not tainted by the Russian system because they have been outside the country and subject to other effective anti-doping systems” can apply to participate. It has been reported that only 2 athletes have successfully met this criteria. It is not clear whether athletes who are deemed eligible would participate neutrally or under the Russian flag.

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