Yelena Isinbayeva: Russians should fight for right to take part in Olympics

Yelena Isinbayeva: "We should fight for the right to participate in the Olympics in Rio."

Yelena Isinbayeva: "We should fight for the right to participate in the Olympics in Rio."

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"We need to file lawsuits now", says Olympic champion

The fact that 'clean' Russian track-and-field athletes have received the opportunity to take part in the 2016 Olympics under the Russian flag if granted access by the IAAF is a victory for Russian sports, Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva said.

"There is hope somewhere deep inside, it's not dead yet. But again, we should fight for the right to participate in the Olympics in Rio, we need to file lawsuits now. If my lawsuit is granted, it means I have the right to participate. The most pleasant thing to me today was that all athletes whose lawsuits will be granted will participate under the Russian flag. It's a victory," the athlete said on Match TV television on June 22.

"I watched the news before competitions, but my husband didn't let me watch TV in order not to spoil my mood because we had expected the worst news. Of course, nothing can be worse than the recent news, but [we] thought they would bury us. But no, IOC President Thomas Bach turned out to be, I can't say humane, but he evaluated the situation very reasonably," she said.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on June 21 held a special session on the issue of participation by Russian athletes in the Rio Olympics. As a result, the cases involving the Russian track-and-field athletes participation in the Games will be reviewed individually, Thus, athletes who are allowed to participate by the IAAF and who qualify for the Olympics can take part in the competitions under the Russian flag.

Moreover, IOC President Thomas Bach told a press conference the organization cannot suspend the Russian Olympic Committee from participating in the Rio Olympics.

On Tuesday, Isinbayeva won a Russian pole jumping championship held in Cheboksary. She jumped 4.9 meters, which is the best result of the season worldwide.

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