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Athletics - IAAF says 200 Russians named in doping report

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(FILES) This file photo taken on February 7, 2014 in Sochi shows the Olympic and Russian flags being hoisted during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on December 9, 2016 that it will reanalyse all 254 urine samples taken from Russian athletes who took part in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The IOC said it had also extended the mandate of its own Oswald disciplinary commission to examine all samples collected from Russian athletes during the London Summer Olympics in 2012. The decisions were taken, the IOC said, following the publication Friday of Richard McLaren's full report into doping in Russia that revealed an "institutional conspiracy" by Moscow to cheat between 2011-15. © Provided by AFP (FILES) This file photo taken on February 7, 2014 in Sochi shows the Olympic and Russian flags being hoisted during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on December 9, 2016 that it will reanalyse all 254 urine samples taken from Russian athletes who took part in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The IOC said it had also extended the mandate of its own Oswald disciplinary commission to examine all samples collected from Russian athletes during the London Summer Olympics in 2012. The decisions were taken, the IOC said, following the publication Friday of Richard McLaren's full report into doping in Russia that revealed an "institutional conspiracy" by Moscow to cheat between 2011-15.

The world athletics body has revealed that it has been sent the names of 200 Russians by international doping investigators who will be checked if they apply to compete as neutral competitors this year.

The International Association of Athletics Federations said it had been given the names by investigators working for Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, who has alleged there was a "state-sponsored" doping system in Russia.

Russia has been suspended from international competition since 2015 and the IAAF said it had sent new criteria to the Russian federation for athletes to take part in international competition as neutrals.

Taking part as neutrals may be the only way for Russians to take part in the world athletics championships in London in August.

AFP

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