Martinez welcomes Russia ban


PORTLAND: United States middle distance runner Brenda Martinez welcomed the exclusion of Russian athletes from the World Indoors Athletics Championships on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila)— and said she believes the ban should be extended to the Olympics. Martinez, 28, was robbed of a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships by drugs cheat Mariya Savinova, who was recommended for a life ban in last year’s bombshell World Anti-Doping Agency report into doping in Russia.



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