A damaging report from the World Anti-Doping Agency has turned the athletics world upside down. It also called for lifetime bans for 10 Russian athletes. The agency says doping is everywhere in Russian athletics and is state sponsored. The country could be banned from international competitions if it does not accept the claims and take action. The International Association of Athletics Federations will call for Russia to be suspended from competitions.
Russian officials have called the report "groundless" and "unfounded". Its Sports Minister said the possibility of Russia being banned from the 2016 Olympics was unthinkable. He stated: "We have young sportsmen, for whom it will be their first Olympics." He added that: "Clean sportsmen should not suffer. They achieve their results by hard work." A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was no evidence for the accusations.