It is high time now to dissolve the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS commenting on the Association's decision to reject applications from all Russian athletes for participation in international competitions, including in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, except for long jumper Darya Klishina.
"In my opinion, it was complicated to expect anything different from them," the minister said. "It does not surprise me, though disappoints. They are outside the legal sphere. It is high time already to dissolve that organization."
"They have already taken themselves into a deadlock," he said. "This is anything else now but sports. Athletes nowadays are deprived of freedom."
Earlier on July 10, IAAF rejected applications from all Russian athletes for participation in international competitions, including the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, except for long jump athlete Darya Klishina, who is trained outside Russia.
Following its session in Vienna on June 17, IAAF decided to keep in force the earlier imposed suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation’s (ARAF) membership in the global athletics body.
The suspension implied that Russian field and track athletes were ineligible to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil except those, who proved to be doping-clean.
The IAAF announced late last month that it amended the organization’s regulations in order to allow field and track athletes from Russia to submit individual applications for international tournaments.
The world’s governing body of athletics, however, emphasized that Russians, admitted to competitions on an individual basis, would be unable to perform as part of the national team and would participate only under the neutral flag.
July 4 was set as the deadline for the submission of individual applications, while the 2016 Summer Olympics are scheduled to be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro between August 5 and 21.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne announced on Monday that it received a filed lawsuit from the Russian Olympic Committee against IAAF in defense of 68 national field and track athletes wishing to participate in the 2016 Summer Games. The hearings are due July 19, the verdict will be announced no later than July 21.
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