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Russian athletics stars face new hurdles ahead of Olympics

Russian athletics stars face new drug test hurdles to regain Olympic eligibility

Russian athletics stars face new hurdles ahead of Olympics

MONACO (AP) -- Russian track and field athletes have to endure extra doping tests before they can compete at international events such as the Olympics, even after the national federation's suspension is lifted.

The IAAF suspended Russia last month after it was accused of operating a state-sponsored doping program.

The suspension means Russians cannot compete at next year's Olympics, but on Friday the IAAF said that if the suspension is lifted, athletes will not be readmitted to international competition without "at least three no-notice out-of-competition tests."

With Russia's national drug test agency and laboratory also suspended for reportedly covering up doping, all samples will be taken abroad for testing, the IAAF says.


Updated : 2021-09-19 16:40 GMT+08:00