IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics over doping scandal

first_img Next IAAF maintains ban on Russian athletics over doping scandalRussia’s athletics federation was suspended in 2015 following a WADA report that found evidence of widespread doping in sport in the country.advertisement Reuters New DelhiMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 17:15 IST Photo for representation (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRussia’s athletics federation has been suspended since 2015The IAAF’s governing council discussed the possibility of lifting the ban at a meeting in DohaHowever, Rune Andersen, chair of the IAAF’s Russia Taskforce, said Moscow had yet to meet two conditionsWorld athletics governing body IAAF said on Monday it had decided not to lift a ban on Russia’s athletics federation over doping, saying it was still waiting to receive data collected from Moscow and financial compensation for its investigations.Russia’s athletics federation (RUSAF) has been suspended since 2015 following a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that found evidence of widespread doping in the sport.The IAAF’s governing council discussed the possibility of lifting the ban at a meeting in Doha on Sunday and Monday. But Rune Andersen, chair of the IAAF’s Russia Taskforce, said Moscow had yet to meet two conditions.”Logistical” issues had held up financial compensation, including for the taskforce’s costs and legal costs in cases Russia had brought to the courts, he said. And the IAAF had not yet not received analytical data and samples from a Moscow lab, which are now still being assessed by WADA.”Those (issues) need to be resolved. As soon as we have everything we need… we will seriously reconsider and recommend to the IAAF council for reinstatement (of Russia),” he said.Russian authorities have denied their doping programme was “state-sponsored” but have accepted that senior officials were involved in providing banned substances to athletes, interfering with anti-doping procedures or covering up positive tests.Russia’s reinstatement has been rejected on numerous occasions by the IAAF over the past three years. Should it fail to meet conditions in the coming months, it could risk missing out on sending a team to September’s world athletics championships in Doha, Qatar.advertisementSince 2015, some individual Russian athletes have been allowed to compete internationally as neutrals provided they met certain criteria that showed they had operated in a dope-free environment.Also Read | Solskjaer on Man United’s defeat to Arsenal: Lost a game we did not deserve to loseAlso Read | Manchester United’s Young wants more player protection after pitch invasionFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow IAAFFollow Russia doping banFollow WADAFollow Russia doping sportlast_img read more

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Andros Townsend hails Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose for speaking against racism

first_img Next Andros Townsend hails Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose for speaking against racismAndros Townsend lauded Tottenham Hotspur’s Danny Rose and Juventus’ Moise Kean for raising their voice against racism. The Crystal Palace forward also asked others to urge the footballing boards to take action.advertisement Reuters LondonApril 8, 2019UPDATED: April 8, 2019 15:04 IST Andros Townsend feels that racism has crept back into football (Reuters Photo)Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has hailed Tottenham Hotspur full back Danny Rose’s bravery for speaking out against racism and urged more players to join calls for the game’s authorities to take more decisive action on racist abuse.England international Rose said last week that he could not wait to leave football because he had had enough of the racism in the game and was frustrated by the response of the authorities to the abuse.”Danny’s a very brave man for coming out, being so honest and speaking the truth. Obviously I sympathise with him; we all support him,” Townsend told reporters after Palace beat Newcastle United 1-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.”Luckily, so far, I haven’t experienced racism but I know Danny has on more than one occasion. He’s experienced it with the England Under-21s and the seniors in Montenegro the other day.”We need more players like Danny to come out, be honest and speak the truth, to say what they really feel. Danny’s an incredible person; hopefully the system can help Danny and he can enjoy his football again.”Juventus teenager Moise Kean also appeared to suffer racist abuse from the stands in a match at Cagliari in Serie A last week and there were more incidents in England this weekend.Second-tier Wigan Athletic released a statement in support of Nathan Byrne after the defender was sent an abusive message on Twitter on Saturday, while Brentford confirmed a fan had been arrested at their ground for a racially-aggravated offence.advertisement”Racism’s crept back into our game a little bit, which is not great so we need Danny and the young lad at Juventus (Kean) to speak out because that will force action,” Townsend added.”I don’t know why racism’s still going on. We’ve got to move on in football and kick it out as much as we can. Hopefully the relevant organisations will do their best to stamp it out… They’re working their very hardest to stamp it out once and for all.”Also Read | Gabriel Jesus goal vs Brighton sends Manchester City into FA Cup finalAlso Read | Everton dent Arsenal’s hopes of top-four finishFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Andros TownsendFollow Tottenham HotspurFollow Danny RoseFollow RacismFollow JuventusFollow Moise Keanlast_img read more

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