Russia Faces Blanket Athletics Ban at 2020 Tokyo Games

Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (Associated Press)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Russian track and field athletes may be banned from a second-straight summer Olympics after the Athletics Integrity Unit recommended severe sanctions be imposed on the Russian Athletics Federation on Wednesday.

The AIU ordered the national federation to admit their complicity in doping offenses and to show contrition while referring the anti-doping matter to the World Athletics Council with a recommendation that a suspension of the “authorized neutral athlete” process remains in place.

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