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MOSCOW, July 24. /TASS/. Russia’s sports ministry is thankful to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its decision not to ban Russia from the Rio 2016 Olympics, Russian Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko said on Sunday.
"We are thankful to the IOC for allowing Russian athletes to compete at the Rio Olympics," he said. "I am sure most of the members of the Russian team can meet the IOC criteria."
The minister went on to say that the decision to ban Russian athletes who has even been sanctioned for doping from the Rio 2016 Olympics is fair.
"It is fair to ban from the Olympics those Russian athletes who have been sanctioned for doping abuses," he told journalists.
"A line under the matter of Russian track and field athletes’ participation in the Olympic Games has been drawn. The IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) has advanced impracticable requirements," he said.
Mutko added that the ministry will take the toughest measures against those who were mentioned in the notorious report of the WADA's Independent Commission and whose guilt is proved.
"We will apply the strictest measures to those mentioned in the WADA report whose guilt is proved," he pledged.
The minister noted Russian weightlifters may face problems with the international federation when applying for participation in the Rio Olympics.
"Are any problems possible with international federations? Yes, problems are possible, and probably inevitable. For instance, in weightlifting," he told journalists.