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MOSCOW, July 22. /TASS/. Russia will continue safeguarding its athletes’ interests, even if little time has left before the Rio Olympics, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
"Of course, the cause for regret is that the decision [by the Court of Arbitration for Sport] was taken on the eve of the Olympic Games and that is why the juridical maneuver for further safeguarding our athletes’ rights is quite limited in time but, nonetheless, you have probably heard many statements that work will be continued to defend the legitimate interests of our athletes," the Kremlin spokesman told journalists.
Peskov added that Russian President Vladimir Putin is not planning to meet with IOC President Tomas Bach in the near future.
He said that Moscow is waiting for the IOC final verdict on Russia’s participation in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Peskov stressed Russia hopes that the IOC will allow doping-clean national athletes to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
"Everyone in Moscow is preparing for the Olympic Games, and Moscow thinks that all athletes who have not been tarnished by any suspicions, all athletes that were not accused of doping should have the right to perform at the Olympic Games. That’s what we hope IOC’s decision will be," Peskov said.
IOC is expected to announce its decision on allowing the Russian national team to take part in the Games on Sunday, July 24.
Peskov noted that the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) to ban Russian athletes from participating in the Olympic Games became "a very unpleasant and bad news."
"It is regrettable, of course, that the (CAS) verdict was made right before the Olympics. That’s why time is limited for the legal maneuver to defend the rights of our athletes. However, you probably already heard many statements that work will continue on defending the lawful rights of our athletes," the Kremlin spokesman stressed.
Moscow "still does not agree with any generalized decisions and resolutions on the basis of collective responsibility," he concluded.
On Thursday CAS ruled against the appeal from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 national athletes thus closing the doors for Russian field and track athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.