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IAAF says received letter from Russian sports chief on 2016 Rio Olympics

July 26, 14:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier this week, Minister Mutko sent a letter to IAAF President Sebastian Coe asking him to allow Russia’s doping-clean field and track athletes to take part in the upcoming Olympics
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MOSCOW, July 26. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) confirmed on Tuesday that it received a letter from Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko asking the global sports organization to allow 67 national field and track athletes to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Earlier this week, Minister Mutko sent a letter to IAAF President Sebastian Coe asking him to allow Russia’s doping-clean field and track athletes to take part in the upcoming Olympics.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

According to the details, the commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

The report from WADA’s Commission stated in particular that the commission’s investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.

Following the commission’s report last week, WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

After a conference call by its Executive Board on July 24, the IOC urged international federations for winter sports events to suspend preparations for major competitions in Russia. The motion will be in effect until December 31, 2016 and may be reviewed at a December session of the IOC Executive Board.

IOC President Thomas Bach, however, announced on Sunday that Russian athletes, with the exception of field and track competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

Last Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) turned down the appeal from the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 national athletes against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), thus closing the doors for Russian field and track athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.

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