>> World athletics governing body upholding its doping ban on Russian athletes on Friday. The IAAF voting in Vienna to keep Russia out of the Rio Olympics after more evidence of widespread and state-sponsored doping. Reuters' Mark Trevelyan is at the meeting. So the IAAF said it was clear that Russia had not done enough against doping to return to international competition.
But what that means, as far as the IAAF is concerned, is that there will be no track and field team competing under the Russian flag at the Rio Olympics.>> The decision announced by the president of the IAAF, Sebastian Coe.>> And that Russian athletes could not credibly return to international competition without undermining the confidence of their competitors and the public.
I think it sends a very, very powerful message.>> The IAAF announcing a rule change. Russian athletes that prove they're clean can compete, but not under a Russian flag. The World Anti Doping Agency report this week revealing 52 new failed tests. The stories of extraordinary attempts to avoid, obstruct, or intimidate drug testers.
Russian president Vladimir Putin denied the state was ever involved in cheating>> He described the ban as part of an anti-Russian agenda and called it collective punishment. The sporting superpower's participation in Rio now depends on the International Olympic Committee. They meet next week and may give Russia a special dispensation.