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CAS upholds ban of Russian track and field team from Rio

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…

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