WADA wants lifetime bans for five Russian athletes.
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An international anti-doping commission recommended Monday that Russia's Athletics Federation be banned from international competition over widespread doping offenses – a move that could see the powerhouse Russian team excluded from next year's Rio Olympics."These are dark days," IAAF President Sebastian Coe said after publication of the long-awaited report. He gave Russia until the end of the week to respond to the accusations.The international police body Interpol said it would coordinate a global investigation into suspected corruption and doping in athletics – a scandal some believe could match in its ramifications the widening graft affair at FIFA, where President Sepp Blatter has been suspended and 14 officials and marketing executives indicted.A decision to suspend Russia could be taken only by the IAAF.Russia hosts 2018's World Cup.Corruption has infected many sports. The 82-year-old Senegalese is alleged to have received over 1 million euros ($1.09 million) in bribes in 2011 to cover up positive doping tests by Russian athletes, the office of France's financial prosecutor said.
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