: IAAF bans all Russian athletes from Rio-2016

15:34 Jul. 10, 2016

IAAF bans all Russian athletes from Rio-2016

A sign which reads 'Doping Contol' is seen at the Women's Slalom during day 14 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 21, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Getty Images)

Kremlin-run sophisticated doping programme used for recent Winter Olympics takes its toll

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) rejected applications of all Russian athletes, except for long jumper's Darya Klishina, to participate in 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

This is according to the official IAFF site

"All athletes were banned, including Lena [Yelena Isinbayeva]. Given this refusal, we will submit a claim to the court (CAS) for defending the (Russian) athletes' rights," stated Evgeniy Trofimov, coach of Russian Yelena Isinbayeva, two-time Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter.

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The Russian Olympic Committee said that the IAAF (negative) decision was expected, and all bans for Russian athletes were 'blind carbon copied'.

"No panic, we are waiting for the court decision, and we are making preparations for it more actively - the ban was expected, and we find the whole situation so exciting," the Committee's representative Alexandra Briliantova stated.

On July 19, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland, will consider applications filed by the Russian athletes asking for a permit to participate in the Olympic Games individually.

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The Russian Athletic Federation [RAF] reported that the IAAF also rejected all Russian athletes' applications for participation in European Athletics Junior Competition and the World Junior Championship.

"The very young athletes who have just started their sport career were banned from participatiing in the Olympics as they were not able to meet at least one of the criteria [required by the IAAF] – to reside outside Russia for a long period of time," RAF stated.

On June 17, the IAAF upheld its overall ban on the Russian team, imposed over widespread doping.

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