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IAAF turns down Mutko’s request to allow clean athletes to compete at Olympics — TV

July 27, 13:22 UTC+3 LONDON
On July 25 Mutko sent a letter to IAAF President Sebastian Coe asking to allow clean athletes to compete in the Games
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IAAF President Sebastian Coe

IAAF President Sebastian Coe

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LONDON, July 27. /TASS/. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has turned down Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko’s to allow Russian athletes to compete in 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, iTV reported on Wednesday.

On July 21 the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne 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. Only long jump athletes Darya Klishina was allowed to participate in the upcoming Olympics. On July 25 Mutko sent a letter to IAAF President Sebastian Coe asking to allow clean athletes to compete in the Games.

However, Coe turned down Mutko’s request saying that "there are no grounds for further review."

On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a meeting of its executive board to discuss possible blanket ban of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics. The IOC executive committee decided not to ban the Russian team. Individual decision on Russian athletes will be taken by relevant international federations. Apart from that, the IOC ruled than no Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping will be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if he or she has served the sanction.

The press service of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) told TASS that it will not reconsider applications of Russian athletes to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games.

The 31st summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from August 5 through 21, 2016.

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