Russia loses appeal against IAAF ban

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev (not pictured) during their meeting on the eve of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) session in Moscow on December 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / POOL / MAXIM SHIPENKOV
Russia has lost its appeal against the ban on its track and field athletes from competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the appeal by 68 Russian track and field athletes seeking to overturn the ban imposed by the IAAF following allegations of state-sponsored doping and cover-ups.
The ruling could influence whether the entire Russian Olympic team is banned from the games.

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