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MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva was offered to be a flag-bearer for the Russian national team at the opening ceremony of 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, her coach Yevgeny Trofimov told TASS on Thursday.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko’s request to allow clean athletes to compete in Rio Olympics was rejected by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Wednesday. Thus, Isinbayeva will not be allowed to perform at the upcoming Olympic Games.
"I talked to Lena last night, she was offered to be a flag-bearer of our team. But, you know, it will be hard for her to do this and then watch others compete from aside," Trofimov said.
Out of 68 Russian athletes, only long jumper Darya Klishina was allowed to compete in the Rio Olympics. Klishina has lived and trained in the United States for the past three years.
The 31st Summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from August 5 through 21, 2016.