IAAF president dismisses idea of Russia athletics ban

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SHOWS: SOCHI, RUSSIA (APRIL 21, 2015)(REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) IAAF PRESIDENT LAMINE DIACK, ASKED ABOUT CALLS FOR RUSSIA TO BE PREVENTED FROM SENDING ATHLETES TO THE OLYMPICS,

IAAF president dismisses idea of Russia athletics ban

SHOWS: SOCHI, RUSSIA (APRIL 21, 2015)(REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) IAAF PRESIDENT LAMINE DIACK, ASKED ABOUT CALLS FOR RUSSIA TO BE PREVENTED FROM SENDING ATHLETES TO THE OLYMPICS, SAYS:

“They are in! They are in! I think that was a joke that there was a declaration in Russia there are 99 percent doped and so on. I said what was exaggerated was ridiculous. We organise here in Russia the Winter Olympics last year. We organise a world championships. It would signify that we are all wrong. The IOC, says there are some who doped. We will catch and sanction. I think we ought to do in Russia like they did in the United States. We used to have a lot of problems with the United States in the ’90s.”

STORY: International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Lamine Diack dismissed suggestions that Russia might be prevented from sending athletes to the Olympic Games as “a joke.”

A German television programme made allegations that doping was organised throughout Russian sport, and said almost all Russian athletes doped. The IAAF ethics commission and the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) are investigating the evidence and researching if Russian officials ran such a programme.

But Diack on Tuesday (April 21) said Russia would not be banned from international athletics over the allegations.

“They are in! They are in,” he told reporters at a sports convention in the Russian resort of Sochi.

“I think that was a joke that there was a declaration in Russia there are 99 percent doped and so on. I said what was exaggerated was ridiculous. We organise here in Russia the Winter Olympics last year. We organise a world championships. It would signify that we are all wrong. The IOC, says there are some who doped. We will catch and sanction. I think we ought to do in Russia like they did in the United States. We used to have a lot of problems with the United States in the ’90s,” Diack said.

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