Court of Arbitration for Sport upholds ban on Russian athletes from Rio Olympics

And a right outcome – the athletes who compete do so on behalf of their country, not as individuals. Where the country is wrong, it must not have a place at the table lest it can’t do more than mere lip service to the oath all must take when competing.

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© Vasily Maximov, AFP | Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov (pictured left) competes in the men’s 110m hurdles heats at a national athletics cup in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on July 20, 2016

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Latest update : 2016-07-21

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Thursday it had rejected Russia’s appeal against the exclusion of its track and field athletes from the Rio Games starting on Aug. 5.

“CAS rejects the claims/appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes,” CAS said in a statement.

The ruling by the CAS, sport’s highest tribunal, will be taken into consideration by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as it ponders whether to impose a blanket ban on Russia from all sports.

The affair has triggered a crisis in world sport, with Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking of the risk of a split in…

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