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Russian state aided athletes doping - WADA

The Russian Ministry of Sport oversaw the manipulation of athletes' results and sample swapping, according to the World Anti-Doping Authority.

Canadian law professor and sports lawyer Richard McLaren presented his report, which also claims a Moscow laboratory protected Russian athletes during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

The report states that The Russian Ministry of Sport "directed, controlled and oversaw" "directed, controlled and oversaw" the goings on at the Sochi doping lab.

The Russian government helped. Credit: PA

UKAD recognises the importance of the McLaren Report for international sport. Now is the time for the entire sporting community to come together to find a way forward and ensure that the right processes, legislation and safeguards are in place to protect the rights of all athletes to clean, fair and honest competition.

As an experienced national anti-doping organisation, we have an obligation to help safeguard clean athletes around the globe by working closely with international partners to support the development of robust anti-doping practices in countries where these are weak. Everyone has a responsibility to support this process for the sake of clean and honest athletes.

– UK Anti-Doping Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead

Russian long jumper Klishina cleared to compete at Rio Olympics

Darya Klishina jumping in 2015. Credit: PA

Russian long jumper Darya Klishina has been cleared to compete as a "neutral" athlete at the Rio Olympics, the IAAF has announced.

Athletics' world governing body said in a statement that the 25-year-old, who trains at the IMG Academy in Florida, had become the second athlete to meet its "exceptional eligibility criteria".

But Russian news agency TASS said all other applications from Russian athletes, including pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva, had been rejected.

The head of the legal department at the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexandra Brilliantova, was quoted by TASS as saying: "The refusals were received by everyone, except for Klishina."

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Ennis-Hill could hang up her spikes after Rio

Ennis-Hill will compete at the Olympics this summer. Credit: PA

Jessica Ennis-Hill insists there is no chance of her continuing her career beyond the 2017 World Championships in London.

The Olympic heptathlon champion is building up to the defence of her title in Rio and admits she could hang up her spikes after August's event in Brazil.

"I think at the moment I'm just focused on Rio and being the best prepared I can and going out there and seeing what I can do," said the 30-year-old, who is recovering from an Achilles injury which ruled her out of the indoor season.

"And then it's going to be a decision to make after Rio for me - whether I decide to retire after Rio or whether I decide I want to do one more year and go to the World Championships and retire after that. But I definitely won't be going on any longer than 2017."

The Sheffield athlete will head to Rio as the reigning world champion after her astonishing comeback victory in Beijing last summer when she took gold in only her second heptathlon since London 2012 and just 13 months after the birth of her son Reggie.

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Athletics 'blacklist' warning for five countries

Lord Coe was elected IAAF president in August Credit: PA

Five more countries risk joining Russia on an international athletics blacklist, the IAAF has announced.

Ethiopia, Morocco, Kenya, Ukraine and Belarus have all been ordered to make major changes to their anti-doping programmes by the governing body ahead of the Rio Olympics.

The announcement comes after Russia was told on Friday it must wait until May to discover if its suspension will be lifted in time for the summer Games.

There are no immediate sanctions - it is just a wake-up call at this point - but serious sanctions, provided for under IAAF rules, will only be considered if they don't comply with council requirements.

– Lord Sebastian Coe, IAAF President

Banned Russia 'may not make it back' for 2016 Olympics

Mr Pound is Wada's chairman on the commission into allegations of Russian doping. Credit: Reuters

The Russian athletics federation "may not make it back" for the summer Olympics in Brazil, a former World Anti-Doping Agency president has said.

Dick Pound says that Wada and the International Association of Athletics Federations will not risk their reputations by "rolling over".

Russia's athletics federation has been banned by the IAAF following allegations of widespread doping, and must meet a series of conditions before being readmitted.

His remarks also come after tennis ace Maria Sharapova admitted taking a banned substance.

IAAF may be dropped from World Championship branding

Organisers of the 2017 World Championships in London are in talks with athletics' world governing body about dropping 'IAAF' from the event's branding.

The doping scandal which has rocked the sport has led to the IAAF being regarded by the public as a "toxic" brand, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.

Organisers of the 2017 World Championships in London. Credit: PA

The IAAF and its president Lord Coe would have to give consent to the move however, as the original branding was agreed when London won the bid for the 2017 championships in 2011.

It is understood 2017 organisers are hopeful of gaining the agreement of the IAAF because even the world governing body's leaders are aware of the reputational damage caused by the scandal involving Coe's predecessor Lamine Diack, who has been arrested by French police on suspicion of taking money from Russian athletes to cover up doping offences.

Athletics chief says sponsors can help doping fight

Ed Warner said football TV revenues could be used to help fight cheats

The chairman of UK Athletics has said that the fight against doping is “under resourced” and suggested that more sponsorship cash should be used to ensure better tests and transparency.

Ed Warner implied that sponsors could be doing more to help by staying rather than pulling out - and also suggested that football TV sponsorship money should be siphoned off for the fight against cheats.

“One of the things that sport has to do across all sport is find a way to secure more of its revenues for the fight against doping,” he told MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport committee.

Mr Warner said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) should set aside “a fixed percentage” of all its sponsorship income to spend on anti-doping measures – and also suggested football TV revenues could contribute.

He said it would “make a lot of sense” if football also handed over a “very small proportion” of its global television income to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

“Football probably wouldn’t notice the difference but WADA certainly would,” he said.

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