Russian athletes banned from singing national hymn at London World Championships hotels

Marie Harrington
August 2, 2017

Claiming "material progress" has been made, Andersen said the main issue is that "no meaningful testing is being conducted" because the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA remains suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and there is little prospect of that changing until November, at the earliest.

800 meter two times Olympic and World Champion David Rudisha has announced that he won't be taking part in the upcoming World Athletics Championships in London.

Many of the Russians set to compete in London say that the absence of their flag is but a minor annoyance that neither dims their love for their country nor affects their focus.

"It will be hard for the athletes to compete because they are patriots".

Rutherford said: "As an athlete there is no substitute for the thrill of competing in a world-class event such as the World Championships".

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The Russian athletics federation "has not yet demonstrated to the satisfaction of the taskforce that it has established a strong anti-doping culture within its sport, or that it has created an open environment that encourages whistleblowing", Andersen said in his latest report to the IAAF Council on Monday.

Coe said that the biggest problem his sport now faced was not doping but engagement, particularly with the younger generation.

His biggest draw, Usain Bolt, will be appearing for the last time in London and Coe recognised that filling that void would be an enormous, and probably impossible, challenge.

"It reminds me of what I practise on at LSU (Louisiana State University)., so I think I will be fine at the championships", he said. We want athletes with personalities, it's nice to have someone who has a view and fills a room and fills a stadium.

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