IAAF suspends Russia indefinitely from international athletics competitions

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IAAF suspends Russia indefinitely from international athletics competitions

<p>The International Amateur Athletics Federation has suspended Russian athletes from all competitions indefinitely, with immediate effect. It raises the prospect of Russia missing out on the 2016 Brazil Olympics.</p> <p>The move followed a declaration by the International Anti-Doping agency that said Russia’s facilities and protocols for tackling drugs cheats in sport were unfit for purpose and did not conform to international <span class="caps">WADA</span> norms. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">IAAF</span> came to the decision after a more than two-hour meeting from which leaks soon made it clear that the Russians were going to be heavily penalised for the exposure of a performance-enhancing drugs system that appears to have survived intact from Soviet times.</p> <p>The Russians said on Friday that they would do everything to ensure Russian athletics conformed to <span class="caps">WADA</span> norms, even if that meant mass sackings in sports administrations. President Vladimir Putin has also backed a clean-up of Russian sports.</p>