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A total of 326 Russian athletes qualified for Olympics — sports minister

July 15, 17:18 UTC+3
"We expect that another 67 will qualify for the Olympics, we expect that the decision on [track and field] athletes will be positive," Vitaly Mutko said
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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

© Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS

OZERETSKOYE (Moscow region), July 15./TASS/. A total of 326 Russians have qualified for the Rio Olympics, excluding track and field athletes, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told reporters on Friday.

"We will be participating in Rio in 30 events," he said, adding that "326 athletes have got licenses, [Darya] Klishina including". "We expect that another 67 will qualify for the Olympics, we expect that the decision on [track and field] athletes will be positive. Our [track and field] athletes have not violated anything, and we expect that we will have about 390 people in Rio," the minister said.

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. The IAAF that received 136 applications from Russian athletes seeking exceptional eligibility to compete in an individual capacity, has allowed only Russian long jumper Darya Klishina to compete at international tournaments as an independent athlete.

On July 3, 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 Olympic roster for the Olympics in Brazil before July 22.

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