iNADO: Russia must be suspended from Rio 2016

David Kenworthy, the chairman of the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) and head of UK Anti-Doping, has said that Russia's track and field athletes should not be allowed to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

A statement was issued by Kenworthy before an important World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) meeting in Colorado Springs saying that the doping scandal that Russia was exposed of should be treated with the highest punishment possible.

"The ARAF — Russia's national federation for athletics and its athletes must be suspended from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games," he said.

"The corruption in Russian Athletics deserves no less. ARAF has not demonstrated that they are capable of sending a clean team to Games.

"A strong deterrent message must be sent that national federations cannot participate in the highest levels of competition when anti-doping has been intentionally subverted.

"The actions by the ARAF, which deliberately flouted the rules of sport, have tainted all Russian athletes in the sport of Athletics."

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has already provisionally suspended Russia from all international competition but was not clear on whether or not they will be allowed to compete at the Games next year.

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