Kremlin hopes IOC to admit Russia’s clean athletes to 2016 Rio Olympics

IOC is expected to announce its decision on July 24

Russia hopes that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will allow doping-clean national athletes to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on July 22.

"Everyone in Moscow is preparing for the Olympic Games, and Moscow thinks that all athletes who have not been tarnished by any suspicions, all athletes that were not accused of doping should have the right to perform at the Olympic Games. That’s what we hope IOC’s decision will be," Peskov said.

IOC is expected to announce its decision on allowing the Russian national team to take part in the Games on July 24.

Peskov noted that the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to ban Russian athletes from participating in the Olympic Games became "a very unpleasant and bad news." "it is regrettable, of course, that the (CAS) verdict was made right before the Olympics. That’s why time is limited for the legal maneuver to defend the rights of our athletes. However, you probably already heard many statements that work will continue on defending the lawful rights of our athletes," the Kremlin spokesman stressed.

Moscow "still does not agree with any generalized decisions and resolutions on the basis of collective responsibility," he concluded.

On July 21 CAS ruled against the appeal from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 national athletes thus closing the doors for Russian field and track athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.


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