The chance that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will permit the Russian athletes to compete at the Rio Olympics is not higher than one percent, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told a news conference on July 23.
"I would not like to draw plans under a negative scenario," Mutko said. "The track and field athletes have been preparing and on July 28 they will hold their own tournament. However, I would give a one percent chance (that they may be allowed to the next month’s Olympic Games in Rio."
On July 21, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled against the appeal from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 national athletes against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), thus closing the doors for Russian track and field athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, except for long jump athlete Darya Klishina who has been living and training in the United States in the past three years.
The final decision on the admission of Russian athletes to the 2016 Olympics, due to kick off early next month, is to be made by the IOC Executive Board, which plans to hold a conference on the issue on July 24.
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