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Head of Russian Olympic Committee will report to IOC summit in Lausanne June 21

June 18, 14:39 UTC+3
Russian field and track athletes are currently ineligible to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil
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Alexander Zhukov

Alexander Zhukov

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MOSCOW, June 18. /TASS/. President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov will make a report at the summit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne on June 21, which is expected to decide on Russia's participation in the Summer Olympic Games.

"I shall go to the summit, which is due on the 21st in Lausanne," he told TASS on Saturday. "I shall make a report."

On Friday, IAAF decided at its session to keep in force suspension of the All-Russian Athletics Federation’s (ARAF) membership. The suspension means that Russian field and track athletes are currently ineligible to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. This decision means that Russia’s track and field athletes still have no rights to travel for 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, the International Olympic Committee may decide at its June 21 session to admit Russian athletes to the Rio Olympics.

Head of the Russian Olympic Committee also said the athletes who had passed independent doping tests may be allowed to the Games.

"Not everything is clear, and lawyers will look into it," he told reporters. "The information is the athletes, who passed independent tests, may be allowed, for the last six months our athletes’ tests were taken by officers of the UK Agency. Thus, we do have chances."

The independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published on November 9 the results of its probe into the activities of the all-Russian Athletics Federation, the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the Russian Sports Ministry.

The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances.

RUSADA and the Moscow anti-doping laboratory subsequently suspended their activities, while WADA’s Board of Founders approved the decision of the agency’s independent committee that RUSADA did not comply with the Code of the international anti-doping organization.

The International Association of Athletics Federations said at its Council meeting in November that a report prepared by the All-Russian Athletics Federation on the struggle against doping was unsatisfactory and decided by a majority of votes to suspend Russia’s membership in the international athletics association.

The Olympic Games are due on August 5-21.

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