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Sports Shorts: IAAF extends ban against Russia

June 09, 2019 13:28 IST
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IMAGE: Russian athletes celebrate after winning an event. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Global athletics governing body IAAF, on Sunday, extended a ban against Russia's athletics federation, which has been suspended since 2015 over evidence of mass doping in the sport.

Russia's athletics federation was suspended in November 2015 after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of widespread doping in the sport.


Rune Andersen, chairman of the IAAF task force overseeing Russia's reinstatement efforts, said the Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees integrity issues in international athletics, would be looking into Reuters findings that two Russian athletics coaches and one doctor banned for doping remain involved with athletes.

Injured Neymar likely to return after four weeks

Days after Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed that Neymar will miss Copa America, his club Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday revealed that the 27-year old striker's injury may take four weeks to recover.

Neymar suffered an ankle injury during Brazil's friendly match with Qatar and subsequently left the field. "On Saturday June 8, Paris Saint-Germain's first team doctor, Dr Laurent Aumont, and the club's Medical Board member and leading figure in sports medicine Professor Gerard Saillant assessed the injury picked up by Neymar Jr in Brazil's preparation match for the Copa America last Wednesday. The two doctors diagnosed a sprain of the lateral ligament of the right ankle without surgical indication, to be treated with conservative treatment. The Paris Saint-Germain striker is expected to return on the field in four weeks time," the club said in a statement.

The game was just in its 21st minute when Neymar was forced to leave the field. But despite Neymar's absence, Brazil vanquished Qatar to register a 2-0 victory.

Copa America is scheduled to commence from June 15, when Brazil will compete with Bolivia. 

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