>> Russia's appeal against a ban at the Olympic Games has been rejected, 68 Russians track and field athletes will not be allowed to compete in Rio. A series of world anti-doping agency reports of detailed systematic state run doping in the country. In November, the Russian Athletics Federation was suspended.
The Federation and 68 sportsmen and women then appealed but the court of arbitration for sport has now ruled the ban stands. The Russian Olympic pole vault champion describing the decision as the funeral of athletics. Reuters Jack Stubbs in Moscow says, despite mounting evidence, the Kremlin has been determined to defend itself.
>> Officials such as sportsman and even Putin himself have questioned the evidence of the reports and how much of it is based on the testimony of Rodchenkov. They say he has been proven as a witness who cannot be trusted but they've also taken steps to address the issues raised and indeed, dismissed a number of high profile sports officials.
>> The Kremlin says it's wrong to lay a blanket ban on all sportsmen. But while the world accuses Russia of creating a crisis in athletics, Russia's sports minister is still in power.>> The question everybody is asking in Moscow at the moment is why Vitaly Mutko has yet to loose his position or resign.
It's a question that no one knows the exact answer to. We know he has a very close relationship with Putin. We know that Putin values loyalty as well as competency from his ministers but he also resists outside pressure. And it might be that he feels he cannot dismiss Mutko at the moment whilst people are pressuring him to do so.
What we may see in a year or so Mutko has moved sideways to a slightly demoted position.>> The International Olympic Committee will now weigh up whether to ban Russia from the Games altogether, a decision is expected within the week.