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LONDON, June 7. /TASS/. Brazil’s Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani has said he hopes that Russia’s national team will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympics and believes this is important for the entire international community.
"I have high hopes that Russia will take part in the Olympic Games," he told TASS on Tuesday. "The Russian delegation’s participation in the Summer Olympics is important not only for Brazil but for the entire world community as well."
The probability that Russian team misses the Games opening in Brazil on August 5 emerged after several major doping scandals in Russian sports. "Russia is a country with very strong sports traditions. It is an Olympic power, and, of course, we believe that it will be in Rio," Picciani said.
"We look forward to everyone’s participation and hope that delegations from 206 countries will come to Rio de Janeiro for the Games," the minister said.
Rio de Janeiro won the right to host the 2016 Summer Olympics at the 121st session of the International Olympic Committee in Denmark in 2009. The Games will be held between August 5 and 21. Upon their completion, Rio will host the Paralympic Games from September 7 to September 18.