Russia has withdrawn its world-beating team of race-walkers from all international competitions to avoid "disgrace" in the wake of a series of doping allegations.
Athletics Australia can today confirm the withdrawal of national 800m record holder Alex Rowe (Vic) from the Australian Flame team bound for the IAAF World Championships.
ATHLETICS: Rio hopeful Dane Bird-Smith has won gold in the men’s 20km walk at the World Uni Games, Naa Anang won long jump bronze and at the IAAF Diamond League in Lausanne London Olympian Lauren Wells won bronze.
ATHLETICS: Top-three finishes to Kim Mickle and Fabrice Lapierre have guaranteed a day of success for Australia at Round 9 of the IAAF Diamond League in Paris, France.
June 23 is celebrated around the world as the birth of the modern Olympic Games. For this year's Olympic Day Australian athletes visited schools, got active and took to social media to celebrate the Olympics.
It will be a family affair at the IAAF World Championships, with up and comer Rachel Tallent set to join her three-time Olympic medal winning brother Jared Tallent on course for the race walk.
Olympic hurdles champion Sally Pearson has ruled herself out of August's world athletics championships in Beijing and is set for more surgery on her injured wrist on Tuesday.