Well this should make for an inneresting summer!
According to Europe’s top sports federation, Russia is probably going to miss the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro!
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned Russia indefinitely after the World Anti-Doping Agency uncovered Russian athletes in a variety of sports using banned substances.
The report went even further than that, though, and claimed the Russian government had knowledge of the doping program — and was even helping the athletes to acquire and use the illegal substances!
European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen reacted to the news in an interview:
“For the moment they have to fulfill the conditions, but I cannot really see them competing in Rio. We will have the first report to the IAAF in March but for the moment they have to really, really put a lot of effort in to compete in Rio. They must have a cultural change. They must get rid of all those people from before.”
While Russia has denied the allegations, President Vladimir Putin (pictured above) did acknowledge doping as an unacceptable action:
“The struggle with doping in sports, unfortunately, remains a pressing issue and it requires unending attention … It’s absolutely clear that athletes who stay away from dope shouldn’t be held responsible [for those who do].”
We’ll see what happens soon enough… because the Olympics are just about six months away!
Are you ready?!
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