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Russian Olympic chief believes in good results of national athletes at 2016 Games

July 08, 18:49 UTC+3 OMSK
Athletes of national teams are preparing for the upcoming Games despite a number of steps taken against Russia's participation
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Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee

Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee

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OMSK, July 8. /TASS/. Russian athletes will show successful results at the upcoming 2016 Summer Olympic Games despite all recent media reports and probes carried out by sports federations in regard to doping-abuse allegations against them, Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), said on Friday.

"All recent steps taken against our country and our athletes will be no obstruction for a successful performance at Rio," Zhukov said. "Athletes of various [national] teams are preparing for the upcoming Games in line with the initial schedule and in various locations - from Brazil to our training bases in Sochi."

The ROC president reiterated that the final entry list of the Russian athletes for the Olympic Games in Brazil would be approved on July 20 and the country’s delegation would boast a large representation, despite setbacks in some sports.

"We believe that the decision to suspend all of our track and field athletes is unjust," Zhukov said. "We must not punish athletes, who are innocent and never consumed performance enhancing drugs."

The WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission published on November 9 the results of its probe into the activities of the All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF), 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.

Eventually, the IAAF decided to suspend All-Russian Athletics Federation’s membership in the global governing body of athletics and put forward six criteria, which ARAF was obliged to implement to restore its membership.

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).

Following its session in Vienna on June 17, IAAF decided to keep in force the earlier imposed suspension of the All-Russia Athletics Federation’s (ARAF) membership in the global athletics body.

The suspension implied that Russian field and track athletes were ineligible to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil except those, who proved to be doping-clean.

The world’s governing body of athletics, however, emphasized that Russians, admitted to competitions on an individual basis, would be unable to perform as part of the national team and would participate only under the neutral flag.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne announced on Monday that it received a filed lawsuit from the Russian Olympic Committee against IAAF in defense of the national field and track athletes wishing to participate in the 2016 Summer Games.

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