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Russia will not boycott Olympics — official

June 21, 16:49 UTC+3
According to the chief of the Russian Olympic Commitee, Russia will consider the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the International Association of Athletic Federation
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President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Aleksandr Zhukov

President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Aleksandr Zhukov

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LAUSANNE /Switzerland/, June 21. /TASS/. Russia has no intention of boycotting the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but the Russian Olympic Committee will consider the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the International Association of Athletic Federations, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Aleksandr Zhukov has told TASS.

"Russia will not boycott the Olympics but will consider the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the IAAF," Zhukov said.

"The question of boycotting the Olympic Games is not on the agenda," Zhukov said. "Russian athletes will certainly compete in Rio de Janeiro. I have no doubts about that. As I’ve said more than once, the Russian Olympic Committee shares the principle of zero tolerance to doping abuse."

"Secondly, the ROC is concerned as much as the IOC about the protection of the rights of ‘clean’ athletes. And, of course, we are for keeping the Olympic movement united. There should be no boycotts," he said.

The IAAF Council on June 17 left in effect the suspension of the All-Russia Athletic Federation’s membership. This means that Russian athletes are unable to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Exceptions will be made for those who will manage to prove they are not involved in doping scandals. The Olympic Summit on Tuesday followed in the International Olympic Committee’s footsteps to uphold the IAAF decision.

"Most probably athletes will be filing lawsuits on their own or with support from the ARAF. The Russian Olympic Committee will certainly provide legal support," Zhukov said.

"If our lawyers see that IAAF decisions affect the interests of the Olympic movement in general or violate the Olympic Charter, then we will certainly initiate legal proceedings," he said.

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