International Athletics

Coates says unlikely IOC will overturn IAAF ban

2016-06-18 11:31
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Melbourne - IOC vice-president John Coates says he doesn't think the International Olympic Committee will overturn an IAAF ban on Russia's track and field federation.

On Friday, the IAAF decided to uphold a competition ban on Russia, ruling the country had not met readmission criteria imposed when it was suspended last year over widespread state-sponsored doping.

Coates, who is also president of the Australian Olympic Committee, said on Saturday "we will consider it (overturning the ban) but I'd be very, very surprised ... it's an international federation's right to suspend a national federation and I don't think we would overturn that at all."

Coates will attend a meeting in Switzerland on Tuesday, a summit called by the IOC to address "the difficult decision between collective responsibility and individual justice" over the Russia situation.

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