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Saturday, 18 June 2016 - 8:28
Russian athletes banned from competition including Olympics
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Russian athletes are banned from competition including the upcoming Olympics games in Rio.

‘Athletics chiefs have decided not to lift the suspension, which was imposed in November following accusations of state-sponsored doping,’ reports say.

However individual athletes will be given the opportunity to compete as ‘neutrals’ if they pass the doping tests.

Meanwhile, Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva said she would challenge the IAAF's decision in court, claiming it was "a human rights violation".

"I'm disappointed and angry. I am offended. Nobody defended us.

"Nobody fought for our rights and there are huge concerns over the IAAF itself and its stance on defending the rights of clean athletes.

"We are blamed for something we have not done. I will not remain silent, I will take measures. I will appeal to the human rights court," she said.

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