: RFE/RL: Dozens of Russians athletes to apply for exemptions to Olympic ban

10:22 Jun. 26, 2016

RFE/RL: Dozens of Russians athletes to apply for exemptions to Olympic ban

Russia’s ban from global track and field over doping has forced some of the world’s top athletes to compete at obscure domestic events with tiny crowds, rather than prestigious and lucrative international meets (AP Photo)

IAAF upheld on June 17 its overall ban on the Russian team, imposed over widespread doping

Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has said "up to 67 athletes" will apply to track and field's world governing body to be exempted from the ban on the Russian team at the Rio Olympics in August.

Mutko made the announcement on June 25, saying the athletes were also prepared to file lawsuits at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) upheld on June 17 its overall ban on the Russian team, imposed over widespread doping.

Read also WADA says meldonium in 49 out of 52 adverse tests on Russian athletes

But the organization allowed exemptions for individual athletes who can show they have been subject to reliable drug-testing. Full story

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