Russian athletes were banned from Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro


The Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) refused to allow Russian athletes at the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

This was first reported by Sky News and The Guardian. Later, this information was confirmed by General Secretary of the All-Russian Athletics Federation Mikhail Butov.

The disqualification of the Federation was not lifted. The reason for the ban of the athletes from the competition was the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

  • All-Russian Athletics Federation was disqualified in November 2015 after the report of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). It was said that doping was used ubiquitously, and Russian sports officials were involved in concealing the positive doping tests.
  • In May 2016, the former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov spoke about the mass use of illicit drugs at the Olympic Games in Sochi.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said on June 17 that “at the state level, we have fought and will fight against doping in sport.” According to Putin, the use of illicit drugs is a problem for the entire world of sport, not just Russia. However, he urged not to politicize the issue.