UK, Australia ask IAAF to ban Russia from Rio Games

Sydney/London: The head of UK Athletics yesterday added his support to calls for Russia to be banned from next year's Olympics following doping revelations by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA).

A report by WADA's independent commission published on Monday outlined evidence of "state-sponsored" doping in Russia and called for the country to be banned from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Asked if he agreed with the report's stance, UK Athletics chairman Ed Warner told BBC Radio 4: "Yes, absolutely. IAAF president Lord (Sebastian) Coe, says his council is meeting on Friday or Saturday to consider sanctioning Russia and possibly to suspend them. My strong advice would be: you've absolutely got to do that."

Athletics Australia (AA) also called on IAAF president Coe to act on the damning WADA report: "We support Russian athletes not being allowed to compete in Rio."

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