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A year after the release of a damning report into widespread doping, Russian track and field is hopeful of a way back into the global fold.On Nov. 9, 2015, the World Anti-Doping Agency's independent commission unleashed a strongly worded, 323-page account of how Russian athletes, coaches and officials had colluded in the use of performance-enhancing drugs before and after the 2012 London Olympics.That report set in motion a year of turmoil and legal battles for Russia, which had more than 100 athletes in various sports barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including all but one member of the track and field team. "Not just regarding the participation of our athletes at the Olympics, which was the most important thing for us, but in terms of recognizing the situation and understanding which way to go".Despite being under the heaviest sanctions in track and field history, Russian officials insist they are making progress on anti-doping reforms and plan to send athletes to major competitions in the coming months. Russian track and field officials and athletes hope the IAAF will accept individual athletes' applications to compete, even if the federation as a whole remains suspended.
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