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IAAF RESPONSE TO MCLAREN REPORT by upholding exclusion from international competition



Russia has lost its appeal against a ban imposed by the International Association of Athletics Federations [IAAF] on its track and field athletes, the Court of Arbitration for Sport [Cas] has announced.




The decision means that the International Olympic Committee[IOC] will have more reason to impose a blanket ban on Russia for the Rio 2016 Olympics in the wake of the McLaren report that revealed mass state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.


“The institutionalised and systematic doping in Russian athletics is the reason the IAAF suspended, and then upheld the suspension of, RusAF’s membership and consequently the exclusion of their athletes from international competition,” said IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

McLaren provided the IAAF with his preliminary findings which were included in the IAAF Taskforce Report and Recommendation to Council on 17 June 2016. The IAAF will of course seek further information on the 139 cases mentioned in the McLaren report and cross reference it with its own data. 


To the extent that actions have not, or are not, being taken we will obtain the evidence and do any necessary follow up to allow us to take the strongest 
actions available to us. This includes all information that has been gathered around the 2013 World Championships as we have in storage in Lausanne the samples sent to the IAAF by the Moscow laboratory.

The Kremlin issued a statement soon after the decision was announced to express their “regret” at the Cas decision, which will see 68 Russian track and field athletes banned from competing at the Rio Games.


"I certainly regret such a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which refers to absolutely all of our athletes (who filed the claims)," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with journalists.


"The principle of collective responsibility is hardly acceptable," Peskov said.









IAAF president Sebastian Coe, who has seen his first year in charge of the governing body littered with doping scandals and other controversial incidents, admitted that the decision – while the right one for the IAAF – was not a pleasing one given the current state that athletics finds itself in.



“While we are thankful that our rules and our power to uphold our rules and the anti-doping code have been supported, this is not a day for triumphant statements,” Coe said in a statement.

“I didn’t come into this sport to stop athletes from competing. It is our federation’s instinctive desire to include, not exclude. Beyond Rio the IAAF Taskforce will continue to work with Russia to establish a clean safe environment for its athletes so that its federation and team can return to international recognition and competition."

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