Russian Doping Scandal: IAAF’s Coe ‘thankful’ for Russia doping ruling

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2010 file photo Sebastian Coe, then Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee at the IOC Coordination Commission during the closing press conference in London at the close of a three-day visit by IOC officials checking on preparations for the 2012 Olympic games in London. The Court of Arbitration for Sport will issue its verdict Thursday, July 21, 2016 on Russia's appeal to overturn the IAAF ban on its track and field athletes for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

The Latest on Russia’s appeal against the Olympic ban on its track and field athletes (all times local to Rio de Janeiro):

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6:45 a.m.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says the decision to ban Russian track and field athletes from competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro was “political.”

Under Thursday’s ruling in Lausanne, 68 Russian track and field athletes who were applying to compete in Rio will not be going to the Olympics.

Mutko told the Tass news agency that Russia will consider its further actions and lashed out at the verdict as unfair.

“In my view, it’s a subjective decision, somewhat political and one with no legal basis,” he was quoted as saying.

A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow regrets the court’s decision.

Dmitry Peskov expressed regret over the ruling, adding that applying “collective responsibility (to all athletes) can hardly be acceptable.”

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6:30 a.m.

IAAF President Sebastian Coe says he is “thankful that our rules and our power to uphold our rules and the anti-doping code have been supported.” That response comes after a three-member Court of Arbitration for Sport judging panel upheld the IAAF’s right to ban the Russian track and field federation and its athletes from international competition, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The International Association of Athletics Federations president adds “this is not a day for triumphant statements. I didn’t come into this sport to stop athletes from competing. It is our federation’s instinctive desire to include, not exclude.”

The CAS panel issued an urgent verdict, two days after Tuesday’s appeal hearing, without giving detailed reasons.

The court says those reasons should be “issued as soon as possible.”

That is likely before the IOC executive board discusses Sunday whether to impose a blanket ban on all Russian teams from the Olympics next month.

CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb says: “our decision is not binding on the IOC.”

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6:15 a.m.

Russia has lost its appeal against the ban on its track and field athletes from competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal by 68 Russian track and field athletes seeking to overturn the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.

The ruling could influence whether the entire Russian Olympic team is banned from the games.

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5:25 a.m.

An appeals court is set to rule on the ban imposed on Russia’s track and field athletes for next month’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport is scheduled to issue a verdict Thursday in the case of 68 Russian track and field athletes seeking to overturn the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.

The Russian appeal was heard by a CAS panel on Tuesday.

The appeal questions the validity of the IAAF decision and seeks to ensure the participation in Rio of athletes who are not accused of any doping violation.

The ruling could influence whether the entire Russian Olympic team is banned from the games.

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