Russia could be banned from Rio Olympics games

Russia could be banned from Rio Olympics games

As many as 20 athlete groups and anti-doping officials from at least 10 countries are reportedly planning to demand Russia's entire team be banned from the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio.

Russia could be banned from Rio Olympics games

National doping agencies for the U.S., Canada, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, and Switzerland are some of those reportedly set to call for the expulsion.

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The New York Times reports that this extraordinary request could be issued as early as Monday, in response to explosive allegations from earlier this year that claimed the country ran a state-sponsored doping program.

The newspaper claims it has emails outlining the potential push to have Russia sidelined, which would come just weeks before the Games are due to get underway in Brazil.

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The countries and agencies are waiting for the results of a World Anti-Doping Authority investigation into Russia's alleged doping regime to be revealed.

Russia has been banned from international competition since last November when a report by Dick Pound, the former head of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of an entrenched culture of cheating and state sponsored doping.

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