“The whole system has failed the athletes, not just in Russia, but around the world,” Coe told reporters. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Athletics giant Russia was provisionally suspended from track and field Friday over accusations of "state-sponsored" doping as the IAAF scrambled to salvage the sport's credibility just nine months out from the Rio Olympics.The council returned a vote of 22 for and 1 against, the simple majority confirming a suspension for Russia, who were accused of widespread doping by an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency in a report which has shaken track and field, one of the Olympic Games' flagship sports.
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