Russians to avoid the Zika Olympics?

Fox News:
In an unprecedented ruling loaded with geopolitical ramifications, the IAAF on Friday upheld its ban on Russia's track and field federation, saying the country had made some progress in cleaning up but failed to meet the requirements for reinstatement and would be barred from sending its athletes to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro that begin in 50 days.

"Russian athletes could not credibly return to international competition without undermining the confidence of their competitors and the public," IAAF President Sebastian Coe said.
The Russians lead the world with doping violations.  That is a dubious achievement, but Putin says the penalty is "unfair."

Meanwhile, the Rio government is having a financial emergency over funding for the games.  "Interim Governor Francisco Dornelles says the 'serious economic crisis' threatens to stop the state from honouring commitments for the games."

The Brazilians are embarrassing themselves, with their handling of the games.


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