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Russian Olympics chief: CAS to control implementation of IOC requirements

July 24, 19:50 UTC+3
The Russian Olympic Committee confirms only one Russian track and field athlete will take part in the Rio Olympics
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GENEVA, July 24. /TASS/. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will take under control Russia’s implementation of the requirements set by the International Olympic Committee (OIC) concerning participation of Russian athletes in the Rio 2016 Olympics, President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov said on Sunday.

"The IOC has asked the court of arbitration in Lausanne to second an officer to control the implementation of today’s decisions," he said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel.

The voting

According to Zhukov, WADA President Craig Reedie did not take part in the voting.

"The decision was taken in my absence and in the absence of Craig Reedie because he was the other party to the dispute as WADA wanted a blanket ban of Russian sports at the Rio Olympics," he said.

"As far as I know, today’s decision was passed unanimously. Although yesterday many, including WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency), demanded Russia be banned from the Olympic Games. Pressure in the Western media was very strong but the IOC executive board has finally taken a balanced decision, I think," he said.

The decision 

The Russian Olympic Committee confirmed only one Russian track and field athlete - long jumper Darya Klishina - will take part in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

"As for our track and field athletes, regrettably, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled to ban them from the Olympic Games. Except Darya Klishina, who has been licensed by the international federation," Zhukov said. "We think it is an absolutely unfair situation. Even the CAS noted in its press statement that the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) has taken a number of criteria that are impossible to comply with. However it recognized the IAAF right to set such criteria that, regrettably, ban our athletes from the Olympic Games."

The decision was predictable 

A ROC official said IOC decision on Russia’s Olympic bid was predictable.

Gennady Alyoshin, an official with the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), told TASS on Sunday  that "the IOC’s decision was predictable."

"Russia is not a country to be treated improperly," Alyoshin, who is the head of the ROC’s Interim Coordinating Committee, said. "The contribution of Russian athletes who have been taking part in the Olympic Games since 1952 is too big. And their contribution is incompatible with McLaren’s ‘lame’ report. He has admitted it himself when he said he lacked time to prepare it."

"A negative decision would jeopardize the entire Games, both technically, organizationally, politically and in terms of image. As for further developments, a detailed probe will follow," he said. "It will be a good lesson to both the international Olympic movement and to Russia."

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