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IOC 'unlikely' to overturn ban on Russia's track and field team at Rio

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John Coates said it is unlikely the IOC will overturn its ban on Russia's track and field team at the Rio Games. Credit: Reuters

The International Olympic Committee is unlikely to overturn world athletics' ban on the Russian track and field team at the Rio de Janeiro Games, IOC Vice-President John Coates has said.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Friday unanimously upheld its ban on Russian athletes competing at international competitions due to state-sponsored doping.

Coates said he would be "very, very surprised" if the IOC overturn the ban at a summit on Tuesday in Lausanne.

"It's an international federation's right to suspend a national federation and I don't think we would overturn that at all," Coates told reporters in Melbourne.

Russian athletes will not be able to compete at the Rio Olympics under the Russian flag. Credit: Daniel Karmann/dpa