Russia provisionally suspended from int'l athletics
Nov 14, OSLO: Russia has been suspended from participating in international competitions, including the Olympics, for its alleged involvement in doping which is believed to be sanctioned by its own government.
The decision from the international athletics governing body IAAF came after the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) produced a bombshell report that alleged Russian athletes cheated in international competitions through a state-sponsored doping. The IAAF members voted 22-1 in favour of Russia being banned.
"This is a wake-up call for all of us. 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," IAAF president Lord Coe told the BBC.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered an investigation into the claims by WADA.The report had outlined the evidence of systematic cheating with the consent of Moscow, noting that drug tests for athletes were conducted at a Russian lab that totally lacked credibility.