President Hansen expects Russia absence from RIO 2016, from Athletics Weekly


Editor's comment: It is refreshing to see European Athletics' Arne Hansen honestly comment on the Russian debacle.

If the WADA report is going to be taken seriously, then, the rebuilding of a doping free Russian sports system surely will take more than a few months. Unlike social media, where something older than fifteen minutes is considered ancient, changing a fifty-plus year old sports system will take real time.

I met with President Hansen at the Beijing World Champs. I was quite impressed with his energy and his desire to upgrade European Athletics Association and the sport in Europe. Hansen gets it.



President Hansen expects Russia absence from Rio 2016

President Hansen expects Russia absence from Rio 2016

The European Athletics president, Svein Arne Hansen, does not believe the necessary changes to be made by Russia will be seen in time for the Olympic Games

European Athletics president Svein Arne Hansen does not expect to see Russia reinstated to the international arena in time for the Rio Olympics next summer.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) imposed an indefinite suspension from all international competition for all Russian athletes after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission report confirmed a state-level cover-up of doping violations.

Seb Coe, the IAAF president, announced in November that an inspection team will oversee Russia's reform process to ensure the established verification criteria, laid out by the IAAF in December, is fulfilled.


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