TASS: International athletics federation extends Russia competition ban

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Russian track and field athletes seem unlikely to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games after their ban from international competition was extended on Friday, with damning accusations made about the country’s lack of anti-doping efforts.

The International Association of Athletics Federations council met in Vienna to discuss lifting the suspension, but made a “unanimous” decision that Russia had not met its requirements in tackling the country’s doping problem.

“Although significant progress has been made, several important criteria were not satisfied,” Rune Andersen, head of the IAAF’s independent task force, told reporters.

“The deep-seated culture of tolerance of doping appears not to have been changed materially. The head coach of Russian athletics and many athletes appear unwilling to acknowledge extent of the doping problem and ignore the anti-doping rules.”

The Norwegian’s task force also found that Russia has still not created “a strong and effective anti-doping infrastructure capable of detecting and deterring doping.”

It also reported that Russian authorities had “orchestrated systematic doping and the covering up of adverse analytical findings.”

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet next Tuesday to decide whether to uphold the IAAF’s decision, which will determine if Russia’s track and field team can compete in Rio in August.

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