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Jamaican authorities back Russia's failed attempt to have doping ban lifted

A woman walks into the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo Picture Supplied by Action Images
A woman walks into the head office for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on November 9, 2015. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi/File Photo Picture Supplied by Action Images

By Kayon Rayner

London (Reuters) - Jamaican athletics authorities are in the firing line once again after voting in favour of a bid to lift Russia's ban from international competition for doping.

The attempt at the IAAF's Congress to overturn the ban, imposed since November 2015 after a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report found evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia, fell well short of the two-thirds majority needed, with 166 countries voting in favour of keeping it.

But Jamaica was among 21 countries, including Nigeria, Peru, Romania and Sri Lanka, which voted in favour of ending Russia's suspension.

This decision comes eight months after the Warren Blake led-JAAA executive abstained from a vote on sweeping reforms of the IAAF.

Last November's "Time for Change" proposals were aimed at moving athletics forward from a tainted period in the sport's history, encouraging greater integrity and disciplinary functions, along with giving a greater voice to athletes in the organisation and promoting gender balance.

(This version of the story corrects to 166 countries voting in favour in second paragraph)

(Editing by Julian Shea)

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