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article imageIAAF maintains ban on Russian athletes

By AFP     Jun 17, 2016 in World

World athletics' governing body IAAF has ruled to maintain Russia's suspension, a top Russian athletics official confirmed Friday, TASS news agency reported.

"I can confirm, the suspension is upheld," Mikhail Butov, general secretary of the Russian athletics federation, told TASS. "I cannot give any more comments for the time being."

Russia's sports ministry said the decision means its entire track and field team will miss the Rio Olympics.

"We are extremely disappointed by the IAAF's decision to uphold the ban on all of our track and field athletes, creating the unprecedented situation of a whole nation’s track and field athletes being banned from the Olympics," the sports ministry said in a statement.

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