>> World Athletics governing body upholding its ban on Russian athletes, according to British media. Reports saying the IAAF voted to keep Russia out of the Rio Olympics, after accusations of widespread and state-sponsored drug cheating. The World Anti-Doping Agency report this week also casting doubt on claims Russia has solved its problems.
According to Reuter's marked rebellion outside the meeting in Vienna.>> That report said that in the six months since the ban was imposed, Russian athletes have continued to fail drug tests, 52 in all. And to use a variety of tactics to avoid drug control officers including basing themselves in closed military cities.
>> Friday, Russian president Vladimir Putin denied the state was ever involved in cheating. The IAAF ban's confirmed the country's athletes will have one last chance at next weeks meeting of the International Olympic committee set to have the final say on their participation.