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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.

Key Russia findings could cast shadow over Rio

Paris - The Olympic movement faces division in a critical week ahead of the Rio Games with a report Monday to set out whether Russia manipulated doping samples, followed quickly by a sports tribunal verdict on 68 Russian athletes demanding to compete in Rio.

Italian sports agent charged with doping in Kenya

Nairobi - Italian sports agent Federico Rosa, who managed disgraced former marathon star Rita Jeptoo, was on Thursday charged in a Kenya court with doping offences.

IAAF clears Russian long jumper for Rio

Moscow - US-based long jumper Darya Klishina became the first Russian athlete on Sunday to be cleared to compete at the Rio Olympics, but the fate of pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva was still up in the air.

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.
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