RUSSIA PAYS DOPING PRICE WITH IAAF BAN

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PARIS: Athletics giant Russia was provisionally suspended from track and field on Friday (Saturday in Manila) over accusations of “state-sponsored” doping as the IAAF scrambled to salvage the sport’s credibility just nine months out from the Rio Olympics. Russian Mikhail Butov, an IAAF council member and All-Russia Athletic Federation secretary general, presented his country’s position before 24 of the 27-strong IAAF Council chaired by Coe. But the council returned a vote of 22 for and 1 against, the simple majority confirming a suspension for Russia, who were accused of widespread doping by an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in a report which has shaken track and field, one of the Olympic Games’ flagship sports.

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