Bach, right, said the IAAF was a special case, outlining the “collusive cooperation” Russian elements had with Diack.
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The International Olympic Committee Friday defended its stance on Russia despite being criticized for baulking at calls to ban the country outright from last year's Rio Olympics over doping.Russia was accused in a World Anti-Doping Agency report last year of widespread state-sponsored doping. But there was no blanket ban for Russia in Rio, the IOC coming under fire for instead allowing individual sports federations to decide which Russian athletes could compete.IOC President Thomas Bach insisted that the IAAF was a special case, outlining the "collusive cooperation" Russian elements had enjoyed with the disgraced former IAAF President Lamine Diack and other corrupt people at the heart of track and field.IAAF head Coe said he had informed Bach of Russia's "important step" Thursday when Dmitry Shlyakhtin, head of the Russian athletics federation (RusAF), publicly apologized for the doping scandal.
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