Russian Track and Field Athletes Banned for Rio 2016 Olympics

Breaking News of the moment comes from the world of sports where Russian Track & Field Athletes have been banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

On Thursday, Court of Arbitration Sport (CAS) upheld the ban on Russia’s track and field team from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Russian Track and Field Athletes Banned for Rio 2016 Olympics

Last year the track and field’s global governing body, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) had barred Russia’s team from competing at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro following allegations of a state-sponsored doping program. Russia had appealed to the CAS against its exclusion, but it was rejected. CAS said in its ruling that the penalty was legally sound.

With this ban now in effect, 67 Russian track and field athletes definitely won’t be flying off to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games which officially start on 5th August 2016.

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Earlier in the week an independent report had concluded urine samples of Russian athletes had been manipulated across the “vast majority” of Summer and Winter Olympic sports from 2011 through to August 2015.

With just around two weeks left for the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the all important Question being asked by sports fans worldwide is whether Russia will be able to compete at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics or will the entire country be banned from Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The decision about Russia’s participation in Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be taken on Sunday, when International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide what sanctions to impose on the remainder of the Russian Olympic association and the country’s athletes.

However, the IOC finds itself in a no-win situation. If it bans Russia, the IOC will alienate one of the traditional superpowers of the Olympic Games; if it doesn’t the organization will be accused of going soft on the curse of doping.

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