>> Friday is judgement day for Russian athletes. World athletics governing body, the IAAF, set to decide whether they can compete at the Rio Olympics. That, after accusations of widespread and institutionalized drug cheating. Russian hopes taking a severe blow this week, with the release of a damning report on the state of Russian athletics, by the World Anti Doping Agency.
Reuters' Mark Trevelyan is at the meeting in Austria.>> 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.
So that report is going to weigh very heavily on the discussions inside this Vienna hotel today.>> On Friday, Putin said Russia had never supported doping on a state level, and that the whole Olympic team should not be punished for the actions of individuals. Even if the IAAF maintains its ban, the International Olympic Committee will have the final say next week.