Russia's track and field program suspended for doping

Nov 13, 2015 6:10 PM

Russia's track and field federation has been provisionally suspended by the sport's governing body following damning allegations of state-sponsored doping.

The decision by the IAAF's ruling council will keep Russian track and field athletes out of international competition for an indefinite period - possibly including next year's Olympics in Brazil.

The vote was 22-1.

The Russian track federation admits it is has many problems but insists it has made significant progress on reforms despite Friday's ban.

Federation general secretary Mikhail Butov tells reporters "we know that we have problems, not a few of them, and we have taken real steps to correct them. ... We'll keep moving."

Butov adds that he expects Russia to be able to compete at next year's Olympics and that his motivation is for Russia's "clean athletes to compete internationally."


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