World athletics body might strike another ban on Russian athletes after the new emerging doping scandal.
World athletics body decided yesterday to maintain its doping ban on all Russian athletes leaving the country’s hope of competing in the upcoming Olympics in Brazil dependent on Olympic chiefs who will give a special dispensation at the next week’s meeting.
The council of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) met in Vienna to decide whether to lift the ban after hearing from the task force that significant doping problems still existed in Russia.
Russians were first suspended in November and tha ban was extended in March. The November ban was imposed on Russia after a report by the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revealed that there is a state sponsored doping in Russia.
The Minister of Sports in Russia, Vitaly Mutko said they will react to this decision taken by the IAAF.
“We have clean athletes who have dedicated years of their lives to training and who never sought to gain unfair advantage through doping should not be punished for the past actions of other individuals”, said Mutko.
The sports federation has scheduled the vote for June so that if the ban were to be lifted, Russian athletes will have a chance to register before the deadline day of July 11, 2016.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Thomas Bach said the meeting which will be held this month is not to over rule an IAAF ban but to protect the clean athletes and ensure a level playing field for all athletes who will be participating in Rio.