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Awaiting their fate: will Russia's athletes be banned from Rio?

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Awaiting their fate: will Russia's athletes be banned from Rio?

Russia has pledged to adopt new measures to clamp down on doping in athletics.

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says the authorities are planning new testing methods as well as potential prosecution for those suspected of cheating.

The pledge comes after an independent report last week accused Russian athletes, aided by state officials, of engaging in systematic and widespread doping.

Officials from Moscow have written to the International Association of Athletics Federations, blaming “irregularities” in the drug-testing system on the former Soviet reigme.

The Monaco-based IAAF is due to give its decision on possible sanctions for Russia after it meets on Friday.

There are widespread calls for Russia to be banned from competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Moscow is hoping to prevent its athletes from being excluded. If Russian teams are prevented from competing, Moscow has pledged it will not boycott the Games entirely.

Vitaly Mutko has said Russia will not boycott the Games, should its athletes not be allowed to compete.

What people are saying

Response from stakeholders and sports fans to the WADA report has been both personal and political.

Some athletes say they are disappointed by the news, but not surprised.

The commercial consequences are already being felt.