The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe is pictured during a press Conference at the IAAF-Council in Vienna, on June 17, 2016. AFP / APA / HERBERT PFARRHOFER
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Russian athletes' hopes of competing in the Rio Olympics are now at the mercy of the IOC after world athletics' governing body Friday unanimously upheld its ban on the country for systematic doping, saying not enough progress had been made in reform.Russia, a superpower of track and field, had lobbied furiously to avert the prospect of a Summer Olympics athletics program taking place without its athletes, and argued that it was taking all the steps required of it to dispel charges of state-sponsored drug abuse.The International Olympic Committee, concerned about innocent athletes being punished, has not ruled out granting Russian athletes a special dispensation.Russia says it is being unfairly victimized, while other countries that have fallen foul of the WADA code are free to compete.
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