16:37 May. 28, 2016
Russia Olympic Team may be banned from participating in Olympics 2016
Russia's sports minister says the country has done "everything possible" to ensure that the All-Russia Athletics Federation is reinstated in the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), according to RFE/RL.
Vitaly Mutko told Russia's Match TV on May 28 that the IAAF will make a decision on June 17 and that he hopes "common sense will prevail".
However, he said he cannot rule out "the most negative decisions" for Russia's participation in the Summer Olympic Games to be held in Brazil in August.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is currently investigating allegations by a former head of Russia's anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenko, that the Federal Security Service and government officials actively helped Russian athletes hide doping activity during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
International Olympic Committee head Thomas Bach said on May 18 that the allegations against Russia are "very detailed and therefore very worrying" and declined to exclude the possibility that Russia could be barred from the Brazil Olympics.