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Russia 'sorry' and 'ashamed' over doping scandal: Sports minister

London - Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko apologised on Sunday for the doping scandal that threatens the athletic superpower's participation in the Rio Olympics.

Russia denies state-run doping at showcase Sochi games

Moscow - Russia on Friday denied what it called unsubstantiated claims of a vast state-run doping programme during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi seen by many as a triumph for Vladimir Putin.

Putin says banned drug meldonium not 'doping'

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin defended Thursday the use of the banned drug meldonium, saying athletes' use of the performance-boosting drug does not constitute doping. "This drug has nothing to do with doping," Putin said during an annual call-in show.

Russian Kuksenkov positive for meldonium

Moscow - European champion gymnast Nikolai Kuksenkov has become the latest Russian sportsman to test positive for the banned drug meldonium, local media reported Sunday.

Turkey bans Abeylegesse for 2 years over doping

Istanbul - Turkey's athletics federation on Thursday said it had banned Ethiopian-born Turkish long distance runner Elvan Abeylegesse for two years for doping, state media reported.

Putin blames Russian officials for not warning over meldonium

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed Russian sports officials for failing to warn athletes that meldonium was being banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Tennis star Nadal hits back at critics, threatens legal action

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has threatened legal action against a former French minister who accused him of doping.

UN suspends Sharapova as goodwill ambassador

New York - The United Nations has suspended Maria Sharapova as a goodwill ambassador after she failed a drug test at the Australian Open, the latest fall from grace for the Russian tennis star.

East Germany's doping victims set to get 10.5 mn euros of aid

Berlin - Angela Merkel's government on Wednesday took a step towards atoning for East Germany's murky past by approving 10.5 million euros ($11.5m) of aid for victims of the Communist state's doping programme.

Australia stiffens drug testing ahead of Rio

Sydney - Drug testing of Australia's athletes began eight months ago in a rigorous anti-doping programme ahead of this year's Rio Olympics to help protect the country's reputation, authorities revealed Monday.

Disgraced ex-chief of Russia's anti-doping agency dies: Report

Moscow - The former head of Russia's anti-doping agency RUSADA, Nikita Kamayev, who resigned last year over scandalous allegations of state-sanctioned doping, has died aged 50, TASS state news agency reported.

Report claims IAAF delayed naming Russian drug cheats

London - IAAF officials plotted to delay revealing the names of Russian doping cheats ahead of the 2013 World Championships, according to a BBC report.

IAAF sets Russia strict conditions for reinstatement

Paris - The IAAF on Friday sent the Russian athletics federation (ARAF) a list of strict terms it needs to meet for reinstatement following a ban over widespread doping and corruption in track and field.

Russia accepts ban from world athletics over doping

Monaco - Russia has accepted its "full suspension" from world athletics over widespread doping without even requesting a hearing, the IAAF said Thursday.

WADA suspends Russian anti-doping agency

Colorado Springs - Russia's anti-doping agency (RUSADA) was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), raising the possibility of Russian track stars being barred from the Olympics if the country does not fall back into line with accepted international rules.

Future of war against sport doping in spotlight at WADA meeting

Los Angeles - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is expected to rule against Russia's anti-doping body at a key meeting in Colorado on Wednesday which will aim to map out future strategies for the global war on drugs.

Russia defiant in face of possible Olympic suspension

Moscow - Russia's brightest track and field stars were defiant after their country's athletics federation was provisionally suspended from international competition over state-sponsored doping allegations, insisting Saturday that no ban could hinder their Olymp...

Russia pays doping price with IAAF ban

Paris - Athletics giant Russia was provisionally suspended from track and field over accusations of "state-sponsored" doping as the IAAF scrambled to salvage the sport's credibility just nine months out from the Rio Olympics.

Putin orders action on Russia doping scandal

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that Russia must "do everything" to stamp out doping, ordering an inquiry into allegations of major drug abuse in athletics which could result in the country being barred from all competitions.

Russia moves to avoid Olympic ban, Putin holds crisis talks

Moscow - Russian athletics took steps Wednesday to avoid international isolation, declaring a foreign specialist could take over its discredited Moscow testing laboratory as Vladimir Putin held talks on the growing doping crisis.

Head of Russia's anti-doping lab resigns

Moscow - The head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory has resigned, hours after his laboratory was suspended over accusations it was part of state-sponsored doping programme that experts fear could snowball into an international crisis for the sport.

Russia bullish over doping scandal amid calls for Olympic ban

Moscow - Russia has rejected as "groundless" accusations of widespread doping and corruption in athletics and promised a rapid response to avoid suspension from the 2016 Olympics.

Main points from WADA report on Russian doping

Paris - Following are the main points from the report released Monday by the World Anti-Doping Agency's independent commission.

Kremlin says athletics doping allegations 'groundless'

Moscow - Russia rejected Tuesday explosive accusations of doping and corruption and promised a rapid response to avoid suspension from the 2016 Olympics due to the scandal that threatens to spread far beyond the borders of Russia and athletics.

WADA commission 'does not have right' to suspend Russia: Moscow

Moscow - Russia's sports minister on Monday warned that the World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission cannot take the decision to suspend Russia from competition after it recommended the country be barred over doping and corruption allegations.

WADA urges Russian athletics ban, London Olympics 'sabotaged'

Ginebra - Russian athletics should be suspended from all competition, including the 2016 Olympic Games, a damning report by World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) independent commission into widespread doping and corruption urged on Monday.

Coe 'shocked and angry' at IAAF doping bribery scandal

Paris - IAAF president Sebastian Coe on Sunday expressed his "shock, anger and sadness" at allegations of high-level bribery to cover up doping in track and field.

IAAF accused of blocking report on doping cheats

London - The world athletics governing body blocked the publication of a report that showed as many as a third of the world's top athletes admitted using banned performance-enhancing techniques, The Sunday Times reported.

Asafa Powell handed 18-month doping ban

Kingston - Former 100m world record-holder Asafa Powell was handed an 18-month suspension on Thursday for his positive test for a banned stimulant.

Russian Biryukova provisionally suspended after failed test

Russian indoor long jump champion Svetlana Biryukova has been temporarily suspended from her country's training camp after failing a drugs test, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) said on Friday.
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