Ban Russians from Rio, says US anti-doping chief

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NEW YORK: The head of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) believes Russian track and field athletes should be barred from competing in the Olympics, saying there was not enough time to rebuild the country’s tarnished drug-testing regime, the New York Times reported on Thursday (Friday in Manila). USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said Russia had taken no meaningful steps to put its house in order after being accused of running a state-sponsored doping program in a bombshell World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report last year. Tygart accused Russian authorities of continuing to target whistleblowers and said it was too late to guarantee that dope cheats who had benefited from the program would be clean in time for August’s games in Rio de Janeiro.

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