July 26, 2016

Whistleblowers Yuliya And Vitaly Stepanova Issue Statement On "Unfair" IOC Decision To Exclude Yuliya From Rio

The Stepanov's say the IOC made an "unfair decision based on wrong and untrue information" and reveal that Stepanova told the IOC she would have been willing to race under the Russian flag. She has asked the IOC to reconsider their decision. *2nd article *The Guardian: Whistleblower Stepanova Hits Out At IOC After Being Banned From Rio *Sign Petition To Get Stepanova Into Rio
June 18, 2016

Russian Ban Remains: 9 Takeaways From IAAF Press Conference

Yesterday the IAAF voted unanimously to maintain Russia's ban from international track and field competition ahead of the Rio Olympics. We've pull out the most important/interesting details that came out of the press conference with Seb Coe and the independent task force leader, Rune Andersen.
June 17, 2016

D-Day For Russia: Post-IAAF Council Meeting Press Conference Live Stream

The IAAF Meets today in Vienna to decide Russia's Rio fate. Come here at 11AM ET to watch the post-meeting press conference.
January 13, 2016

IAAF Taskforce Concludes Its First Visit To Russia

The next step is the Russian Federation's elections this weekend and then another visit by the IAAF Taskforce. A Russian spokesperson said, “We are glad to have had the opportunity to meet with the IAAF Taskforce for constructive and professional discussions. We are committed to working with Rune Andersen and his colleagues moving forward to meet all IAAF requirements.”
November 27, 2015

All Russian Athletics Federation Accepts Full Suspension From IAAF Over Doping Scandal

They had the right to appeal against the IAAF suspension, but that would have delayed the whole process even more and killed their chances of being reinstated for Rio 2016. The IAAF council also agreed to the formation of an "Integrity Unit".
November 19, 2015

IAAF Releases Some Details Of Criteria For All-Russian Athletics Federation Inspection; Russia Will Still Be Banned During World Indoors

The IAAF inspection team won't report back to the IAAF until late March at the earliest, which means Russia will miss the 2016 Portland World Indoor Championships. *MB: Russia Will Miss 2016 Portland World Indoor Champs As IAAF Inspection Won’t Be Done In Time *All-Russia Athletics Federation General Secretary Mikhail Butov Concedes Russia Will Miss Portland 2016 “It certainly seems as if that’s the case."
November 17, 2015

IAAF Names Inspection Team To Assess The Russian Athletics Federation

The five-member team is lead by Norwegian international anti-doping expert Rune Andersen.
November 13, 2015

IAAF Provisionally Suspends Russian Athletics Federation

22 of the 24 voting members were in favor of the ban; only one was against. Russian athletes will not be able to compete in any international competitions and Russia will not be able to host the 2016 World Race Walking Cup or World Junior Championships. To regain membership to the IAAF, the new federation would have to fulfill a list of criteria.
November 10, 2015

The 12 Most Interesting / Important Things From The WADA Report on Russian Doping

Don't have time to read all 323-pages of the blockbuster report? Don't worry. We've got you covered with the 12 best points.
December 03, 2014

Olympic And World 800 Champion Mariya Savinova Implicated In Massive Russian Doping Scandal

German journalist Hajo Seppelt has come up with another stunner. Secret recordings look really bad for the Olympic champ. Plus it's alleged that World Marathon Major champ Liliya Shobukhova paid out $600,000 in bribes that the IAAF Treasurer was aware of. How high up the food chain did that go?