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Russian national team to include 380 athletes at Rio Olympics — official

June 30, 17:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
It was initially planned that the Russian national team at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil would comprise 420-440 athletes
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MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. The Russian Olympic team at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be represented by 380 athletes, the head of the Russian Olympic delegation Igor Kazikov told a news conference at TASS on Thursday.

It was initially planned that the Russian national team at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil would comprise 420-440 athletes.

"At the moment, the Russian delegation comprises 650 members, including 380 athletes. It was initially planned that there would be 430 of them. This is due to the fact that less track and fielders will go to the Olympics", Kazikov said.

The Council of the International Association of Athletics Federations decided at its session in Vienna on June 17 to keep in force the suspension of the membership of the all-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) 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. An exception will only be made for the athletes who will prove they are not involved in doping scandals.

Members of the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at a meeting with the management of the leading international sports federations within an Olympic summit on June 21 supported the IAAF decision not to admit the Russian track and field team to the 2016 Olympic Games. IOC President Thomas Bach said that "with regard to participation of track and field athletes from Russia - we still have to wait". "The individual decisions are still coming from IAAF. We will respect the decisions they are taking as a consequence with regard of the qualified athletes." IOC recommended allowing the Russian athletes, including track and fielders, who will be evaluated individually for their eligibility to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil to compete under their national flag. To this end, the athletes are required to submit before July 4 relevant applications to IAAF.

Russian sport has been in the center of doping-related scandals since last year. Starting this year doping control in Russian sports has been exercised by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).

WADA’s Independent Commission published on November 9 last year the results of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia Athletics Federation, the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, the 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 finding of the agency’s Independent Commission that RUSADA did not comply with the Code of the international anti-doping organization.-

The Olympic Games will be held in Brazil the period from August 5 to 21.

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