: A number of Crimean athletes may miss Rio 2016

18:11 Jun. 20, 2016

A number of Crimean athletes may miss Rio 2016

Ukraine's Vira Rebryk Women's competes in the Women's Javelin qualification during the European Athletics Championships, in Barcelona, Spain, July 27, 2010 (AP Photo)

Crimean athlete Vira Rebryk, who switched her Ukrainian national team after Russian annexation of Crimea, is banned from competing in this year's Olympics

The Executive Board of International Olympic Committee (IPO) endorsed the decision of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that maintained the suspension of the Russian Athletics Federation. This means that Russian athletes won't be able to participate in the international competitions, including Summer Olympic in Rio.

Thus, Crimean athlete Vira Rebryk is banned from competing in Olympics 2016.

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‘We were upset, but we won't give up, because the International Olympic Committee will meet again, and, I hope, they will adopt a decision in favour of Russian athletes… We keep training, and getting prepared (for the competition) with hope, and we are ready to put up a good show,' Rebryk said in the interview with the Russian news agency Crimea.

After Russia's annexation of Crimea, Vira Rebryk, one of the best athletes of the occupied peninsula decided to change her citizenship. The European Champion of 2012, she refused to participate in Ukraine's national team, because of the ‘hopeless situation'. Ukraine's National Olympic Committee forbade Vira Rebryk to participate in Olympics under the Russian flag.

On June 17, the IAAF upheld the suspension of the Russian Athletic Federation. The President of International Association of Athletics Federations Sebastian Coe stated that only those Russian athletes, who will prove innocence in the doping allegations, and will act under the Olympic flag will eventually participate in Summer Olympics in Rio.

Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation expressed ‘deep disappointment' over the IAAF's decision.

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