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Lawmaker says unfair, illegal war declared against Russian athletes

June 20, 14:27 UTC+3 MOSCOW
A senior lawmaker says the war is unfair towards the country, but Russia keeps dealing with its opponents by the language of facts
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 Russian Federation Council lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev

Russian Federation Council lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev

©  Anna Isakova/Russian State Duma Press Office/TASS

MOSCOW, June 20. /TASS/. Russian Federation Council lawmaker Konstantin Kosachev has said the war declared against Russian athletes is of an unfair and illegal character.

Kosachev, who heads the upper house’s foreign affairs committee, commented on the reports that Secretary General of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) Mikhail Butov has been suspended from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council until the ARAF is restored to its rights.

"The war on that side is of a very dirty, illegal and unfair character in regard to athletes hit by it and unfair towards the country that they represent," Kosachev said. "We are not waging this war, this war has been apparently declared against us."

The lawmaker said Russia is trying to keep a cold head and deal with its opponents by the language of facts, not emotions.

The Council of the IAAF decided at its session in Vienna on Friday to keep in force membership’s suspension of the Russian athletics body ARAF. The suspension means that Russian field and track athletes are currently ineligible to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. Exceptions may be made only for the athletes, who manage to prove they are not involved in the Russian anti-doping system. However, even in that case they would not be able to compete under the national Russian flag.

The final decision on the issue of participation of Russian field and track athletes at the Olympic Games is due to be announced during the summit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, on June 21.

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