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Olympic fears for Russia as IAAF extend ban

The IAAF on Friday extended the ban on Russia from international competition, raising fears that the athletics powerhouse might miss out on the 2016 Rio Olympics.
 
A five-strong IAAF taskforce led by Norwegian Rune Andersen, a former director of the World Anti-Doping Agency, presented a report to the Sebastian Coe-headed IAAF Council, which administers the affairs of the IAAF.
 
Andersen said that Russia had showed "considerable progress" in the wake of its suspension.
 
"However, the view of the taskforce is that there is significant work still to be done to satisfy reinstatement conditions."
 
Russia's athletics federation was suspended by the governing body in November after being accused of 'state-sponsored' doping.
 
In a separate incident Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov defended tennis star Maria Sharapova earlier this week after the former world number one announced she failed a drug test at the 2016 Australian Open.
 
Source: AFP
 
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