FROM Dick Pound
IAAF Maintains Ban on Russian Track Team The worst fears of Russia's track and field team have been realized. The governing body of world track and field, the IAAF announced today that the ban against Russian track and field athletes will be extended to this summer's Olympics in Rio. Former world-record miler Sebastian Coe, now IAAF President, announced, "Although good progress has been made, the IAAF council was unanimous that RUSAF had not met the reinstatement conditions and that Russian athletes could not credibly return to international competition without undermining the confidence of their competitors and the public." Dick Pound is the founding president of the World Anti-Doping Agency , called WADA. He headed the investigation into what he called, "a deeply rooted culture of cheating at all levels."
Tarnished Gold: Will Russian Olympic Doping Jeopardize Rio? It's a saga that echoes the darkest intrigues of the Cold War: Dozens of Russian Olympic athletes accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs under state supervision, then faking their tests. The Russian lab director who ran the secret program has blown the whistle, and the US Justice Department has opened an investigation. Meanwhile, Olympic officials say that re-tests of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games could bar more than 30 athletes representing a dozen countries from this summer's games. We hear from the reporter who broke the story.
Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm. Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.