Russian track team to sign anti-doping pledge

BY foxsports • January 29, 2016

MOSCOW (AP) Every member of Russia's track and field team will have to sign an anti-doping pledge as the country tries to restore its sporting reputation.

Russia's track team was banned from international competition, including the Olympics, in November after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission's report accused the country of operating a systematic, state-sponsored doping program.

As part of the conditions for Russia's reinstatement set by the sport's governing body, the country must investigate past abuses and create a strong anti-doping culture among its athletes.

The Russian track federation says all athletes and coaches, whether in the national team or at local competitions, must sign a declaration detailing ''the obligation to abide by anti-doping rules and the unacceptability of breaching them, and also cooperation in unearthing similar abuses.''