2016 Olympic Verdict

Athletics

ByTheMinAthlete

The fallout from this will last weeks if not months. Thanks for joining us for this impromptu min-by-min. Goodnight.

So Russia, the ball is firmly in your court now. Make changes, or face real sporting consequences.

All of this if the provisional suspension becomes a full one. The criteria for that will be decided in the next few days.

The provisional suspension means Russia won't host a couple of major events next year either...

And the statement ends like this...

The consequences listed here suggest Russian athletes WILL BE banned from Rio 2016...

Frankie Fredericks made this comment on behalf of the IAAF Athletes Commission...

The full statement has now been released on the IAAF website...here's the opening statement...

Which could well rule them out of Rio 2016. No promises/timescales given. Act now is the clear message.

The statement from Lord Coe suggests that unless Russia make swift changes, they won't be back as a member any time soon.