Ban Russia from Rio, doping group urges


LOS ANGELES: Leaders of the world’s most prominent national anti-doping bodies on Monday called for Russian track and field athletes to be banned from next year’s Olympics, saying the sanction was necessary to deter drug cheats. A statement from the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO), a 53-member umbrella group made the call on the eve of a key World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meeting in Colorado Springs. Britain’s David Kenworthy, the chairman of iNADO and head of UK Anti-Doping, said in a statement the vast state-supported doping program detailed by WADA’s Independent Commission last week was a “tragedy for sport.”


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