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Russian athletics hit by positive re-tests

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>> It's another false start for Russian Athletics. As the body tries to clean up its act, 14 more athletes are accused of doping. Russia's Olympic Committee saying, they've been informed athletes have used banned substances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and that they could be stripped of their medals.
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Reuters sports reporter Jonathan Crane has been following the story. The one that has come out, and she was named by her coach, is Anna Chicherova. She was actually a gold medalist at the London 2012 Olympics but got the bronze medal in Beijing. This is these tests that have now been re-tested, which is how she has been found.
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Russian Athletics Federation is not giving any other names. They're going to wait until the B samples, so the second sample, has been tested.>> Chicherova has denied any wrongdoing but it's more damning news for Moscow. Of the 31 alleged positive retests from Beijing, 14 are Russian. All as Russia's place in Rio is already in doubt following revelations of state sponsored doping.
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An international task force has been set up to decide whether the Athletics team to compete in the upcoming Olympics, with Russia pulling out the stops to make their own case.>> I think what they are trying to show is look, we are taking this problem seriously. The statement yesterday said yes, we recognize that there was a problem but that was in the past.
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We're turning over a new leaf. They are very keen to show that they are taking the problem seriously. Of course, the key date for them is in three weeks time, when the IAAF will decide whether Russian athletes will have their ban lifted.>> We will know if the international athletics community agrees in just a few weeks time.
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Then the IAAF decides if Russian athletes will even make it to the starting line in Rio.