Euro Athletics Pres Doubts Russian Athletics Will Be Eligible By Rio

The president of European Athletics says he does not expect Russian Athletics to regain its eligibility by the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Russia’s athletics program (which governs track and field events) was suspended indefinitely earlier this year after a WADA report alleged massive institutional corruption in a state-sponsored doping program.

Russia has the opportunity to regain its eligibility internationally before the Rio Olympics, but at least one high-ranking source has expressed doubts the nation will be able to make that deadline.

Svein Arne Hansen, the president of European Athletics, says Russia’s federation needs a “cultural change” in order to regain its eligibility and does not think such a drastic change can happen by the Olympics, which are only abut seven months away.

“For the moment they have to fulfill the conditions, but I cannot really see them competing in Rio,” said Hansen in the Sydney Morning Herald piece.

“They must have a cultural change. They must get rid of all those people from before.”

At the moment, the ban does not concern Russia’s swimming federation. But we’ve been tracking the story’s major developments as Russian swimming has had its fair share of high-profile doping suspensions over the past few years. You can see the list in this piece, which also highlights the revelation in the WADA report that Moscow’s anti-doping lab (used to test samples from the 2015 FINA World Championships) was allegedly compromised.

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Billy B.
7 years ago

Russia just happened to get caught. This game is always nonsense. If nothing else any publicity is good publicity. Especially with $$ to back it. I agree Russia will he fine. I’m more concerned why European Athletics has to be starting drama with public claims like that. This is wasted time they could have put toward further improving Euro Swimming to beat all the Russian competitors – doped or not…..

7 years ago

Park Tae Hwan will compete in the Rio Olympics, and so will the Russians, in swimming as well as track & field. Of that, I have no doubt.

Reply to  Ferb
7 years ago

Yes, people underestimate the power of $$$$$$$$$$$

Reply to  Ok
7 years ago


7 years ago

If you’re looking for a country to represent, Mr. Morozov, all you have to do is pee in this cup and you can compete for the other red white and blue..

7 years ago

So…does Vlad Morozov have dual citizenship by any chance?

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