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Kremlin warns IOC decision against Russia may result in unwanted precedent

June 21, 14:37 UTC+3
The Kremlin sokesman notes the Russian Olympic Committee and the Sports Ministry are set for the protection of national athletes’ interests
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Russia's athletes at the National track and field championships at a stadium in Cheboksary, Russia

Russia's athletes at the National track and field championships at a stadium in Cheboksary, Russia

© AP Photo/Francesca Ebel

MOSCOW, June 21. /TASS/. A decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to be made later in the afternoon against the accession of the Russian national field and track athletes to the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil, may result in a precedent, which nobody is interested in, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

"Let us wait until the [IOC] summit in Lausanne is over," the spokesman told journalists. "Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov is attending and delivers a speech there."

"He [Zhukov] will report on the Russian position," Peskov said. "I can only say that nobody is interested in the development of such precedents."

Peskov reiterated that President Putin "is a staunch supporter of Olympism and a staunch opponent of everything that can be detrimental to the ideas of Olympism."

"Everyone is set to protect the interests of our athletes, who have no associations whatsoever with the doping abuse," he said. "The Russian Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Sports are set for the protection of our athletes’ interests."

Last Friday at its session in Vienna, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decided to keep in force the suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation’s (ARAF) membership in the global athletics body citing the Russian organization’s failure to implement the previously set requirements of the IAAF.

The suspension means that Russian field and track athletes are currently ineligible to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

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