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Russia suspended over athletics doping scandal

Lord CoeRussia’s athletics federation was last night provisionally suspended from international competition following allegations of widespread doping.

The sports governing body, the IAAF, voted 22-1 in favour of a ban which includes the Olympic Games.

Its decision follows publication of the World Anti-Doping Agency report said it had found evidence of “state-sponsored doping”.

IAAF president Lord Coe (pictured) said: “This is a wake-up call for all of us.” He told BBC Sport: “Our sport finds itself in a shameful situation. I am wholly focused on the changes that need to be made. I have openly conceded that we need to learn some very tough lessons.

“We need to look at ourselves, within our sport, and we will do that.”

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the suspension was “temporary” and the “problem is solvable”.

The events which will Russia will not be allowed to enter include the World Athletic Series and Rio Olympics next August. It will be barred from hosting the 2016 World Race Walking Cup in Cheboksary and the 2016 World Junior Championships in Kazan.

 

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