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Russia remains banned from international athletics: IAAF

InternationalRussia remains banned from international athletics: IAAF

MONACO: Russia remains suspended from international athletics competition after the IAAF voted Thursday to extend the ban on the country for state-sponsored doping.

The IAAF Council, voting under the presidency of Sebastian Coe, was unanimous in its decision to uphold the suspension despite Russian President Vladimir Putin having recently approved a law criminalising doping in sports.

FILE - In this Nov.13, 2015 file photo, Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt appears on a television screen inside a building belonging to the IAAF in Monaco. French and German media say emails seized by French authorities investigating suspected blackmail and doping cover-ups in athletics speak of a broadly corrupt system dubbed the "total protection project" that shielded Russian medal winners at the 2012 London Olympics, allowing them compete when they should have been suspended for suspected drug use. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) imposed its initial ban on Russia in November 2015 and has twice extended it, in March and June, on the grounds that the criteria set for the track and field powerhouses to be reincluded had not been met.

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