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Sports minister admits athletics is in difficult situation in Russia

August 12, 2015, 15:30 UTC+3 NOVOGORSK (Moscow Region)

A total of 71 athletes will represent Russia at the upcoming 2015 World Championships in Athletics due on August 22

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NOVOGORSK (Moscow Region), August 12. /TASS/. Russian athletics is in a difficult situation but the Sports Ministry is always ready to help, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Wednesday.

"It is always pleasant to talk to track and field athletes. Today, we are in a really difficult situation," Mutko said. "I want us to bear mutual responsibility. Always be attentive and careful! Think about the country in the first place. There is a possibility to do everything well. You just need to work hard. We will provide everything that you need for that."

On August 12, Mutko met with Russian national athletics team in the Novogorsk training center. The national team will soon go to Beijing to participate in 2015 World Championships in Athletics to start on August 22.

A total of 71 athletes will represent Russia at the upcoming championship which is an anti-record for the Russian national team over the last decades. A total of 118 athletes participated in the World Championship in Moscow in 2013, 83 - in Daegu in 2011, 105 - in Berlin in 2009, 105 - in Osaka in 2007, 101 - in Helsinki in 2005, 101 - in Paris in 2003 and 80 - in Edmonton in 2001.

The Russian team earned the first place in medal standings, winning 7 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze medals.

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