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Russia accepts indefinite suspension from athletics

Russia has accpeted the indefinite suspension. Credit: PA

Russia has accepted a full and indefinite suspension from all athletics competitions following a report which highlighted major problems with the country's anti-doping procedures, says world athletics' governing body IAAF.

IAAF Council was today informed that written confirmation had been received yesterday from ARAF accepting their full suspension without requesting a hearing as was their constitutional right.

ARAF confirmed they understood that council would only accept their reinstatement as an IAAF member following the recommendation of the IAAF inspection team who will decide if the verification criteria have been fulfilled. ARAF confirmed they will co-operate fully and actively with the team.

– Official IAAF statement.

Lord Coe: Dark days for athletics

Lord Coe. Credit: PA

Lord Seb Coe admits these are "dark days" for athletics but has stressed his determination to lead the sport down the "long road to redemption".

It emerged on Friday that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) ethics commission had brought disciplinary charges against four men, including the son of former president Lamine Diack and the former head of its anti-doping department, amid the corruption crisis engulfing the sport.

French police had already revealed Diack, who was succeeded as head of the IAAF by Coe in August, was being investigated over an alleged payment of more than €1million to cover up doping offences by Russian athletes.

Asked on Sunday for his reaction to those developments, Coe told BBC Radio Five Live: "Clear shock, a great deal of anger and a lot of sadness.

"These are dark days for our sport but I'm more determined than ever to rebuild the trust in our sport. It is not going to be a short journey… I am determined to rebuild and repair the sport with my colleagues.

"But this is a long road to redemption."


Ennis-Hill named Sportswoman of the Year

Jessica Ennis-Hill won gold in the heptathlon at the 2015 World Championships. Credit: DPA

Jessica Ennis-Hill won gold again in 2015, this time at the Sportswomen of the Year awards on Friday evening.

The Olympic heptathlon champion returned from giving birth to her first child to land World Championship gold in Beijing in August.

Ennis-Hill said: "When I think back to the year it has been incredibly hard. Just adjusting to life as a mum and having those amazing experiences, and coming back into training and reaching the top of my career again, it's been absolutely incredible. I really didn't think I would win the gold medal."

England's hockey side were named Team of the Year.They came from 2-0 behind to force a penalty shoot-out in which they beat Holland to take the EuroHockey title in August.

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