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Russian athletes to compete in Rio — Zhukov

June 17, 3:40 UTC+3 ST.PETERSBURG
"I am sure that our team will go to the Olympics to compete," President of the Russian Olympic Committee said
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Alexander Zhukov

Alexander Zhukov

© Artyom Korotayev/TASS

ST.PETERSBURG, June 16 /TASS/. President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov told TASS at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) that he could not imagine even theoretically that the Russian National Team would miss the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

"I am sure that our team will go to the Olympics to compete," Zhukov told journalists later.

Russian sports came under harsh criticism from several national federations for summer sports after the New York Times published a scandalous article on alleged cases of state encouragement of doping violations at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi in May. Some national federations have called for banning Russian athletes from performing at the 2016 Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are carrying out an investigation.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is the most vital international economic forum in Russia. The heads of state, finance ministers, the heads of Russian and foreign companies, financiers and scientists have been meeting at the SPIEF floor to discuss economic issues facing Russia and the markets in developing countries. The president of Russia has been attending the forum since 2005.

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