Russia was banned from the Olympics and other major world championships on Monday (9 December) after sporting officials decided to punish it for tampering with doping-related laboratory data in another blow to Russia’s already tarnished sporting reputation.
Sport's highest tribunal rejected Russia's appeal on Thursday (21 July) against a doping ban for its entire athletics team from the Rio Olympics starting in 15 days, drawing swift and angry condemnation from Moscow.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) yesterday (18 July) recommended that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee should consider banning all athletes entered by the Russian Olympic Committee for next month's Rio Olympics.
A group of MEPs has asked the European Commission to establish a database to collect information on drugs taken by football players during their careers and to assess the causes of football-related disease, such as the deadly Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
The recent exposure of doping cases in the Tour de France has prompted the Council of Europe to urge stepping up efforts to prevent cheating. A pan-European conference on the fight against doping will take place in Autumn.
The Luxembourg Presidency and the Commission are increasing the pressure on FIFA to fall into line with world anti-doping requirements. Sports federations are being encouraged to develop internal anti-doping rules.