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Russia's doping clean-up complete, says sports chief

Doha - Russia’s top Olympic official said his country has cleaned up its sports doping problem and should be allowed to return to all international competitions.

Russian parliament okays law making doping criminal offence

Moscow - Russia's parliament on Thursday approved legislation that includes prison terms for coaches who force athletes to use banned performance-enhancing drugs, as the country tries to clean up its image.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko promoted to deputy PM

Moscow - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, whose time in office has been tarnished by allegations of state-sponsored doping, has been promoted to deputy prime minister, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

The long, winding road to anti-doping reform

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee has acted to curb the power of sports federations and overhaul doping controls in a revamped fight against drugs cheating, but the road to reform promises to be long and complex.What has the IOC decided and why?

Putin says leaked WADA documents raise 'lots of questions'

Bichkek - President Vladimir Putin said Friday that World Anti-Doping Agency documents leaked in a hack blamed on Russian cyberspies had raised "lots of questions" about medical exemptions that allow athletes to take banned substances.

Russia suggests WADA ordered sample destruction at Moscow lab

Moscow - Russia's powerful Investigative Committee on Tuesday suggested the World Anti-Doping Agency could have ordered the destruction of test samples at Moscow's anti-doping laboratory as the country tries to deflect blame over a string of doping scandals.

British Olympian Ennis-Hill calls for global doping 'clean up'

Rio De Janeiro - British heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill calls for a worldwide rethink on doping after the Rio Olympics were plagued by drugs scandals including the suspension of Russia's entire athletics team.

Russia banned from Paralympics over doping

Rio De Janeiro - Russia was kicked out of the Rio Paralympic Games on Sunday over "state-sponsored" doping revealed in an inquiry last month.

IOC confirms Kenyan athletics manager recalled after bribe report

Rio De Janeiro - The International Olympic Committee confirmed on Sunday that Kenya's athletics manager Michael Rotich has been recalled after a media report that he sought a doping bribe.

Kenyan athletics manager recalled after doping bribe report

London - The manager of the Kenyan Olympic athletics team has been recalled from the Rio Games after an investigation alleged he demanded money to give warnings about doping tests, a media report said.

Court wins boost Russian team in Rio

Rio De Janeiro - World champion Yulia Efimova led five Russian swimmers who won Olympic reprieves taking their doping-tainted country to at least 276 competitors at the Rio Games.

Ukraine squad told to avoid Russian media

Kiev - Ukraine's sports minister on Friday banned his Olympic team from talking to the Russian media while in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games.

Anti-doping investigator McLaren attacks IOC 'spin' on report

London - Anti-doping investigation leader Richard McLaren has accused the International Olympic Committee of twisting the conclusions of his bombshell report on state-run substance abuse in Russia.

Doping for gold, Olympians ignore health risks

Paris - For as long as athletes have been battling for gold medals, they have been taking fortifying tonics -- some stomach-churning, others downright dangerous -- with little concern for their health.

IOC chief Bach urges total review of world anti-doping system

Rio De Janeiro - Olympics chief Thomas Bach called for a complete overhaul of the global anti-doping system on Tuesday after revelations of state-backed cheating by Russia rocked preparations for the Rio Games.

IOC panel to decide which Russian can compete the Rio Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - The International Olympic Committee has said a three-member panel will make the "final decision" on which Russian athletes can compete in the Rio Olympics, set to begin in less than a week.

Rio not 'clean' — Russian doping whistleblower

Rio De Janeiro - Russian doping whistleblower Vitaly Stepanov has told a Brazilian newspaper that the Rio Olympics "will not be clean" and blasted the International Olympic Committee for not banning Russia.

Putin says absence of Russian stars damages Rio Games

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said the absence of some Russian stars at the Rio Games would hit the quality of the competition.

Putin to meet Russia's dope-tainted Rio team

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin will meet members of Russia's Olympic team on Wednesday as the list of its athletes banned from the Rio Games over revelations of state-run doping soared above 100.

FINA swift to act as IOC 'passes buck' on Russia

Moscow - The legal battle to compete in next month's Olympics began Monday as Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova was the first to appeal her exclusion from the Rio Games by swimming body FINA, acting on criteria set out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

IOC under fire as Russia escapes blanket doping ban

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee on Sunday decided against hitting Russia with a blanket ban from the Rio Games over state-run doping, sparking an immediate backlash from groups that had demanded bold action against cheating.

IOC faces historic call on Russia Rio ban

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee held showdown talks Sunday on whether to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping, an unprecedented decision that could spark the Olympic movement's worst crisis in decades.

Doping scandal derails Putin's sports masterplan

Russia - President Vladimir Putin has pumped vast sums into sport to refashion Russia's image and bolster his personal prestige, but the scandal over state-run doping threatens to obliterate any successes.

Russia facing Rio Paralympic ban over doping report

Paris - Russia could miss the Paralympics in Rio as well as the Olympics after the International Paralympic Committee decided Friday to open suspension proceedings following a damning report into state-sponsored doping.

Russia bids to avoid Rio ban as IOC reports new test failures

Moscow - Russia on Friday made a last-ditch bid to avoid a blanket ban at the Rio Games over state-run doping as a fresh batch of drug test failures from Beijing 2008 and London 2012 rocked the Olympics.

Russia facing calls for all-out Rio ban

Montr - Russia was facing calls to be kicked out of the Olympics on Thursday after their highly-regarded track and field squad lost their appeal over being banned from Rio for state-sponsored doping.

IOC to take a week to decide on Russia Olympic ban

Lausanne - The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it would take up to a week to decide whether to ban Russia from the Rio Olympics over its "state" doping machine.

Russian sports minister Mutko in doping controversy spotlight

Montr - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has called on FIFA to investigate Russia's sports minister Vitaly Mutko, a member of the football world body's executive, over drug failures in football.

Russia's Rio status hangs by thread as IOC talks sanctions

Montr - International Olympic Committee (IOC) members were set for emergency talks Tuesday to decide Russia's status for the Rio Olympics after an investigation found rampant state-run doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and other events.

Campaign to force Russia out of Rio divides sport leaders

Los Angeles - A North American-led campaign to ban Russia from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics has opened up an international divide on how to deal with the doping scandal engulfing Russia.
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