IAAF provisionally suspends Russia amid doping allegations

IAAF suspends Russia amid allegations of widespread corruption and collusion regarding drugs being used in sport allegedly with state support

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks at the presidential Council for Physical, Sport

Russia was provisionally suspended from track and field sport on Friday over allegations of "state-sponsored" doping as the International Association of Athletics Federations scrambled to salvage the country's credibility in International competitions.

Russian Mikhail Butov, an IAAF council member and ARAF secretary general, presented his country's position to the 24 of the 27-strong IAAF Council chaired by Coe.

However, the council returned a vote of 22 for and 1 against, the simple majority confirming a suspension for Russia following a report published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

"Today we have been dealing with the failure of ARAF [All-Russia Athletic Federation] and made the decision to provisionally suspend them, the toughest sanction we can apply at this time," IAAF president Sebastian Coe said.

"But we discussed and agreed that the whole system has failed the athletes, not just in Russia, but around the world.

"This has been a shameful wake-up call and we are clear that cheating at any level will not be tolerated."

The commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found a "deeply rooted culture of cheating" in Russian athletics, which it said Russian state security officials collaborated with, and also identified what it called systematic failures within the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

In the report, commission head Dick Pound, a former president of WADA, called for Russia to be suspended for 2016 "so that they can take the remedial work in time to make sure that Russian athletes can compete under a new framework."

The IAAF claimed the consequences of the provisional suspension were that "athletes and athlete support personnel from Russia may not compete in International Competitions including World Athletic Series competitions and the Olympic Games".

It also means Russia "will not be entitled to host the 2016 World Race Walking Cup [Cheboksary] and 2016 World Junior Championships [Kazan]".

The IAAF added, "To regain membership to the IAAF the new federation would have to fulfil a list of criteria.

"An inspection team led by Independent Chair Rune Andersen, an independent international anti-doping expert (Norwegian) and three members of the IAAF Council who will be appointed in the next few days."

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