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Moscow suspects IAAF of not reading Russian atheletes' applications before refusing

July 11, 2016, 16:53 UTC+3

The IAAF rejected the applications of all of Russian athletes for admission to international competitions, including the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil

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MOSCOW, July 11. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) approached formalistically the issue of examining Russian athletes’ applications for admission to global competitions as it didn’t even take the effort of reading them before imposing a ban, Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday.

As was reported on Sunday, the IAAF rejected the applications of all of Russian athletes for admission to international competitions, including the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, except for long jumper Darya Klishina who was training in the United States.

"Our athletes are punished for some abstract, hardly legally punishable action, actually on suspicion," the Russian sports minister said.

"This is a very contentious and quite incomprehensive moment, to say nothing about the fact that the IAAF didn’t even take the effort to read the applications. Moreover, apart from Darya Klishina, there are two or three other athletes who also worked abroad," Mutko said.

According to information available to TASS, world junior pole vault champion Alyona Lutkovskaya who is now training in Italy under the guidance of Vitaly Petrov, the former coach of the famous Soviet pole vaulter Sergey Bubka, has also been barred by the IAAF from her participation in international events.

The IAAF Council ruled on June 17 that only those Russian athletes would be admitted to international competitions, including the Rio Olympics, who would prove they were uninvolved in doping scandals.

Russia’s Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes filed a lawsuit with the Court of Arbitration for Lausanne to challenge the IAAF’s decision to bar them from participation in the Olympic Games.

The CAS will hear the case on July 19 and announce its verdict no later than July 21.

The Olympic Games in Brazil will be held on August 5-21. Russia should formalize its final national Olympic roster for the Olympics in Brazil before July 22.

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 results of its probe into the activity of the All-Russia 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.

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.

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