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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IAAF president Sebastian Coe does not believe there are many Russian athletes who will benefit from a loophole to compete in the Rio Olympics.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) played hardball with Russia Friday, extending a ban first imposed in November over state-sponsored doping and mass corruption in Russian athletics.The number of Russian track and field stars likely to meet the strict criteria required by the IAAF seems incredibly small.Russian President Vladimir Putin was scathing of the IAAF decision, calling the blanket ban "unfair".Andersen countered: "The statement that there must be clean athletes in Russia, we don't disagree with.Coe insisted that it was the IAAF and not the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that had jurisdiction over eligibility, while acknowledging that some athletes such as star pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva will appeal the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
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