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IOC: Russian Sports Minister to be denied 2016 Rio Olympics accreditation

July 19, 20:34 UTC+3
The IOC will not grant accreditation to any person implicated in the Independent Person Report for the Games
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MOSCOW, July 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko will not be accredited to the Rio 2016 Olympics as a person mentioned in the reports of the Independent Commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the press service of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told TASS on Tuesday.

Following the controversial report on the results of a probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games released on Monday by the WADA Independent Commission chaired by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren, the IOC Executive Board announced its provisional measure on Tuesday to deny accreditation for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil to all Russian sports officials mentioned in that report.

"The IOC will not grant any accreditation to any official of the Russian Ministry of Sport or any person implicated in the IP [Independent Person] Report for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad Rio 2016," the IOC said in its statement.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mutko told TASS he was ready to skip travelling to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro as this issue was not the most important at the moment.

"The most important for me is that our national Olympic team will go to the [Rio] Olympics," he said. "I need to understand now that if this [ban] concerns me as well, I will accept it. This is not the most important issue at the moment."

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