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'I want to run against clean athletes' - Mo Farah talks Russia doping ban

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 01:20

British Olympic long distance running champion Mo Farah says he only wants to run against 'clean athletes' in response to the ban on Russia for doping. Rough Cut – Subtitled (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Olympic champion Mo Farah said on Friday (July 22) he only wants to run against 'clean athletes' in response to the ban on Russia for doping. "As I said, as an athlete, I just have to concentrate on my sport and all I want to do is be able to run against clean athletes, fair athletes. And if we apply the same rules in the UK as other countries are applying then that's all we can do," he said. The London 2012 double gold medallist also added: "Yeah, as I said, you don't want to see anything bad or negative in our sport. Like myself, Usain (Bolt) and the rest of us, we work so hard and then when something happens it takes away from the limelight. So, nobody wants to see it. You got to do what's right and we just have to leave it to the governing body and the people who's job is to make it a fair sport." The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decided on Thursday (July 21) to reject Russia's appeal against its ban from Rio Olympics athletics. The ruling by the CAS, sport's highest tribunal, will be taken into consideration by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as it ponders whether to impose a blanket ban on Russia from all sports. The affair has triggered a crisis in world sport, with Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking of the risk of a split in the Olympic movement. Russian track and field athletes were banned from international competition in November after an independent commission set up by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found rampant state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics. The ban was imposed by the IAAF, the global governing body for athletics, which reconfirmed it last month, saying there were still considerable problems with anti-doping in Russia as highlighted in an independent report.

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'I want to run against clean athletes' - Mo Farah talks Russia doping ban

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 01:20