"As a sportsman, I feel for the athletes of Russia. There are many clean athletes, their career will get damaged. I think it is not fair to ban a country. People who have cheated should be banned. It is a big damage for the innocent athletes," said World and Olympic record holder in 5,000 and 10,000 meters, Bekele who has been named the event ambassador of the 8th Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.
     
Russian athletes have been put in doldrums as they might not be able to compete in next year's Olympic Games in Rio, following International Association of Athletics Federations
(IAAF) decision to ban the country from competitions over accusations of 'state-sponsored' doping.

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