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Diamond League athletes united against doping

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 00:55

Anti-doping work is backed by top athletes in London for a Diamond League meeting after Russia's appeal against a Rio athletics ban is rejected.

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= INCLUDES WHITE FLASHES = SHOWS: LONDON, UK (JULY 21, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OLYMPIC POLE VAULT CHAMPION AND WORLD RECORD HOLDER RENAUD LAVILLENIE OF FRANCE SAYING OF RUSSIAN DOPING: "Actually just focus about Russia and athletics, but it's in every sport in every country, so I mean maybe they have to take the biggest decision except of just than the, maybe some cleaner tests from Russia" 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OLYMPIC TRIPLE JUMP CHAMPION CHRISTIAN TAYLOR OF USA SAYING OF RUSSIAN DOPING: "I've always said that I'm a supporter of the anti-doping committee. Whatever their choice is I'm a supporter of the president but, my focus is to compete tomorrow" 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPRINT HURDLER KENDRA HARRISON OF USA SAYING OF RUSSIAN DOPING: "We're here to compete clean and you know, our main focus is to go out there and compete hard tomorrow" [TURNS MICROPHONE TO DAFNE SCHIPPERS] 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WORLD 200M AND EUROPEAN 100M CHAMPION DAFNE SCHIPPERS OF NETHERLANDS SAYING OF RUSSIAN DOPING: "I think I can say the same but, I think it's good to work on a clean sport and I think organisations work very hard to do that and that's all that we can say I think" STORY: Athletes competing in Friday's (July 22) Diamond League meeting in London are united in their opposition to doping after Russia's Olympics track and field ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Olympic pole vault champion and world record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France said doping is "in every sport in every country" so perhaps even more should be done than banning Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics. Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor of USA said he always supported anti-doping work. U.S. sprint hurdler Kendra Harrison said: "We're here to compete clean." World 200m and European 100m champion Dafne Schippers of Netherlands said: "I think it's good to work on a clean sport and I think organisations work very hard to do that."

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Diamond League athletes united against doping

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 00:55