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Russian national team’s performance at Rio Olympics is great — Mutko

August 13, 20:17 UTC+3 RIO DE JANEIRO
"For now we earn medals every day - the team is fighting," Sports Minister said
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Gold medalists, Russia's Artur Akhmatkhuzin, Timur Safin and Alexey Cheremisinov (L-R) at an award ceremony for the Men's Team Foil Fencing event at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Gold medalists, Russia's Artur Akhmatkhuzin, Timur Safin and Alexey Cheremisinov (L-R) at an award ceremony for the Men's Team Foil Fencing event at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

© Valery Sharifulin/TASS

RIO DE JANEIRO, August 13. /TASS/. The Russian national team shows great results at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro earning medals every day, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Saturday.

"We are doing great. One should also take into account that ‘our’ disciplines are still ahead - wrestling and several other disciplines, I also want to hope for (good results) in kayaking and canoeing. There is also synchronized swimming, rhythmic gymnastics," Mutko said.

He added that there are disciplines in which he expects Russian athletes to make a breakthrough. "There are discipline in which we can make a serious breakthrough, but I will not announce them in order not to jinx it. For now we earn medals every day - the team is fighting. Let’s just be happy for the Russian team," the sports minister noted.

The Russian national team currently holds the 7th place in the Olympic Games medal table after the seventh day of competitions. Russian athletes already won 22 medals - 5 golds, 9 silvers and 8 bronze medals.

The situation with Russian Paralympians

Mutko has said he will not come to the 2016 Summer Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro until the situation with Russian Paralympians is resolved.

"A visit to Rio where our athletes are fighting for victory is out if the question for now," Mutko told TASS on Saturday. "We hope for an expedited review procedure at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), attentive and scrupulous work is needed. We should defend the interests of our athletes until the end," he added.

Mutko stressed that he sees no legal grounds behind the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) accusations against the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC). "I don’t see legal ground behind IPC’s statements that RPC does not fulfil its obligations. The IPC Constitution itself says that the Paralympic Games are not scoring points and earning seconds, it’s the result of people’s four-year work. This is absolutely true - they worked hard, many people supported them, including the state. They spent their emotions, their health. If this is how it is, there should be justice," the sports minister noted.

Russia will defense the interests of its Paralympians until the very end, he stressed. "Disciplinary measures should be taken in regard to concrete athletes and team members, that’s precisely how it is written down in the IPC Constitution," he concluded.

On August 7 IPC banned all Russian para athletes from competing in the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. RPC already signed an arbitration agreement with IPC on the lawsuit to CAS, the court session is scheduled for August 21. The Rip Paralympic Games will be held on September 7-18.

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