2016 Olympic Verdict

Athletics

ByTheMinAthlete

I suppose the main question this brings is...WHO'S THE MUPPET THAT VOTED AGAINST THE SUSPENSION??

Oh...and how long the suspension is too...that may also be quite important...

Some quotes from Lord Coe..."Entirely up to Russia to make changes,message could not be stronger". Makes you wonder how long the ban is for.

The BBC's @richard_conway has just tweeted this picture of the statement from IAAF...

Interestingly, that statement has not yet appeared on the IAAF website...yet...

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

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

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

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

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