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Russian Olympics chief: IOC came under strong political pressure

July 25, 18:25 UTC+3
"I believe that the IOC was under a very strong influence judging from remarks of U.S. senators and Western press reports," Zhukov said
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MOSCOW, July 25 /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had come under strong political pressure prior to passing a verdict on the Russian national squad and its participation in the 2016 Olympic Games, Alexander Zhukov, the Russian Olympic Committee president, told journalists.

The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Committee decided not to bar the entire Russian national squad from the 2016 Olympic Games at its meeting on Sunday and instructed international sport federations to pass decisions on the Russian team’s participation independently.

"I believe that the IOC was under a very strong influence judging from remarks of U.S. senators and Western press reports," Zhukov said.

The International Swimming Federation, the United World Wrestling, the International Fencing Federation, the International Handball Federation, the International Volleyball Federation, the International Gymnastics Federation and the International Judo Federation had come out against applying collective punishment to all Russian athletes.

XXXI Olympic Summer Games will take place in Rio de Janeiro on August 5-21, 2016.

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