The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced on Thursday that it has rejected the claims and appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 athletes who had challenged a ban from the track federation that would keep the country from competing in Rio.
CAS announced the decision in a one-sentence release on its website.
The athletes and ROC had challenged a ban by the International Association of Athletics Federations in June that will keep the team from going to the Summer Olympics.
The IAAF in June extended a ban that has been in place since November, when a report from a World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission revealed widespread doping in Russian athletics. In banning the Russian team through Rio, the IAAF relied on its taskforce’s findings that the All-Russia Athletics Federation had not met enough of the verification criteria showing a change in the doping culture to warrant reinstatement.
As part of the IAAF decision, it created a rule change to allow…