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Russian weightlifting team facing Rio ban over doping

Paris - Russia's weightlifters face being kicked out of the Rio Olympics for repeated doping violations, days after the International Olympic Committee upheld a ban on their track and field athletes.

Putin insists no state-sponsored doping in Russia

Sanktpeterburg - President Vladimir Putin on Friday insisted there was no state-sponsored doping in Russia hours before the world athletics governing body IAAF rules whether its track and field team can take part at the Rio Olympics.

IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletes

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

Russia pleads with athletics chiefs to drop ban ahead of Rio call

Moscow - Russia on Friday urged world athletics' governing body to drop its doping ban on the country's athletes ahead of a crunch decision on whether its track and field team can compete at the Olympics in Rio.

Russia in IAAF dock ahead of Rio Olympics

Vienna - Scandal-hit Russia will likely discover Friday that it has not done enough to get back into world track and field's governing body, the IAAF, in time for its athletes to compete at the Rio Olympics.

Russian parliament gives initial backing to anti-doping legislation

Moscow - Russia's parliament on Wednesday initially backed legislation making it a crime to incite an athlete to use doping, as the country lobbies to overturn a doping-related ban against its athletes.

Russia shuns 'swindler', 'defector' doping whistleblowers

Moscow - Russia has turned on the whistleblowers who blew open the doping and corruption scandal that threatens to see the country's athletes barred from the Rio Olympics.

Spain doping case decision threatens to expose more sportstars

Madrid - A Spanish court on Tuesday reversed a decision to destroy blood bags seized as part of the Operation Puerto doping scandal, which may allow authorities to identify more sport stars implicated in the high-profile case.

Maria Sharapova doping timeline

Paris - Timeline on Maria Sharapova doping case after the Russian star was banned for two years on Wednesday:2016Jan 26 - Sharapova loses to old rival Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

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.
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