(K. Brent Tomer),
“Responsibility can only be individual”, Vladimir Putin said yesterday afternoon, defending Russia’s scandal-plagued sportsmen and women. “Collective responsibility cannot be placed on all athletes.” Hours later, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced that it disagreed: a ban on the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) for widespread doping will be upheld, barring the entire Russian track-and-field team from competition in this summer’s Olympic games. Sebastian Coe, the president of the IAAF, noted that “Russian athletes could not credibly return to international competition without undermining the confidence of their competitors and the public”.
The IAAF levelled an initial ban last autumn, following a damning report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that detailed a “deeply rooted culture of cheating” in Russian sport. Russian officials denied the accusations at first,…Continue reading