Sports Minister: Doping-free athletes can defend their rights in courts

Athletes should go to courts to contest for participating in 2016 Olympics

Russian track and field athletes known to be doping-free can defend their rights in courts so as to be able to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said.

"Taking into consideration the IOC summit recommendations, it seems to me that our athletes, I mean the clean ones, to whom there are no questions, can defend their rights and will be doing so today," Mutko told journalists on June 22.

Russian athletes do not have much time for this, as the Olympic Games begin in early August, but they can react only after they receive the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council's decision in written form.

"It looks like the IAAF was waiting for the IOC summit," Mutko said.

The International Olympic Committee on June 21 supported the extension of the sanctions against the All-Russia Athletics Federation (RusAF) but did not discuss the disqualification of Russia's entire team from the Rio Olympics. The IOC decided that all Russian athletes would be entitled to compete at the Olympics after endorsement from relevant international sports federations; decisions on Russian track and field athletes should be made individually through the IAAF.

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