Reuters | 2015-11-10 00:02:07.0
Coe said: ‘I have urged the council to start the process of considering sanctions. This step has not been taken lightly. We will do whatever it takes to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust in our sport.’ File photo
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International Association of Athletics Federations president Sebastian Coe will seek approval from his fellow council members on whether the Russian Athletics Federation should be banned.
A World Anti-Doping Agency report, published yesterday, recommended the sanction after it found the Russian federation was guilty of widespread doping offences.
Coe said: “I have urged the council to start the process of considering sanctions. This step has not been taken lightly. We will do whatever it takes to protect the clean athletes and rebuild trust in our sport.”
But Vadim Zelichenok, the acting head of the Russian Athletics Federation, said that neither Wada nor the International Olympic Committee had the right to suspend Russia from world athletics.
“It is only a recommend-ation,” Zelichenok said, adding that only the IAAF could make the suspension real. Russia could be excluded from major competitions, including the Olympics and European Championships.
Russia finished second behind the US in the medal table at the 2012 Olympics, with 17 medals, eight of them gold.
The scandal revolves around accusations that money was demanded from top athletes to “bury” medical tests showing drug use.
- Interpol said it would co-ordinate a global investigation into suspected corruption and doping.
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