Russia’s athletics team are not likely to be at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen.
After doping allegations last month, Russia were suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and must fulfil a set of provisos in order to be reinstated in international competition.
“They must have a cultural change,” Hansen told Athletics Weekly magazine.
“They must get rid of all those people from before. We know some good people in Russian athletics and I’m sure they will be elected.
“We hope that some new people will come in who really understand that this must be changed.”
A committee from the IAAF will visit Russia in January and will report back to the IAAF Council in Wales on March 27, just over four months before the Rio Olympics.
Every four years, we have two Olympics: the “normal” one, and the Paralympic one. But the problem with doping is such that we need three Olympics (or perhaps four, if doping is rife in the Paralympics too). Read more »