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IAAF provisionally suspended Russia from World Track and Field Events

Nov 16, 2015 15:23 IST

Russia on 13 November 2015 was provisionally suspended from track and field events by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) due to doping allegations against the country’s athletes, coaches, trainers, doctors and officials.

The IAAF’s council members voted 22-1 in favour of Russia being banned from the events.

The ban will keep Russian athletes out of all sanctioned international track and field events worldwide. It could also affect the country’s preparations of 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

After the suspension, Russia will also not be able to host world race walking team championships to be held in 2016 in Cheboksary and the world junior championships in Kazan.

The strict action was taken by IAAF after the Independent Commission (IC) on Doping in Sports on 9 November 2015 submitted its report to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Earlier in June 2015, the Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRV) Report for 2013 published by WADA revealed that Russia has maximum number of dope offenders.

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