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IOC was asked to keep Russian athletes out of Rio Olympics due to doping issues

IOC was asked to keep Russian athletes out of Rio Olympics due to doping issuesThe German track and field federation has asked the IOC to keep Russian athletes out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of widespread doping.

In an open letter to the IOC and its German president, Thomas Bach, the federation said it was acting at the request of German track and field athletes.

The Russian track and field federation was suspended by the IAAF in November following a World Anti-Doping Agency panel's report detailing rampant and state-supported doping in Russia. The IAAF meets next Friday in Vienna to decide whether or not to lift the ban ahead of the Rio Games.

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The German letter asks Bach to take "the worries of the athletes seriously" and to take all possible steps to "ensure credible and equal opportunity games in Rio."

Source: Associated Press
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