00:30 GMT01 December 2020
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    The Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has refused to allow Russian athletes to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Guardian journalist Owen Gibson reports.

    The IAAF has not restored the membership of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF), thus preventing Russian sportsmen from participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

    The council met in Vienna, in one of the city's hotels. Russia was represented by Mikhail Butov.

    ​In December 2014, German ARD channel released a film titled "The Doping Secret: How Russia Creates Champions" on alleged doping abuse and corruption in Russian sports. The film was followed up by documentaries with further allegations.

    Following the release of the film, WADA launched an investigation into the allegations of doping abuse in Russian sports. In November 2015, WADA's Independent Commission issued a report accusing Russia of numerous breaches of global anti-doping regulations. The IAAF suspended the Russian Athletic Federation's membership as a result.


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