Tuesday, May 17 2016 17:20 EEST
The Times: Russia still won’t take part in Rio Olympics
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Russian athletes won’t be allowed to take part in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It has been decided that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is to ban the All-Russian Athletics Federation from the restoration of its membership in the IAAF.

'The IAAF Council’s mood has been radically changed during the last meeting. According to the report of the IAAF working group, the Council’s members have an idea that Russia just plays game with them. The council’s intention to extend the disqualification was increased due to the statements made last week in relation to Russia’s participation in doping frauds during the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and reports about the pressure on the British Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) that had been testing Russian athletes during the recent months,' The Times says.

'I don’t think it is worth to lift the disqualification. There are enough evidences of the fact that doping was used systematically and with the direct participation of the state. Now the UKAD is working in Russia and they have to overcome one obstacle after another - so why Russia should be admitted to the Olympic Games? The cheating that is organized by the government is unacceptable, and we need to show this. And the Russians don’t care, they play ping-pong with the rest of the world,' Sweden’s representative Peter Erikssen noted.

The fact that Russian athletes aren’t to take part in the Olympic Games was confirmed by a former British coach, who is working with Canada’s national team now.

As reported earlier to the 1492news.com, Eurovision 2017 will be opened only for those Russians who recognize Russia’s crimes against Ukraine. The Russian participants who support Russia's aggression against Ukraine won’t be able to take part in the musical contest of Eurovision-2017, national deputy Anton Gerashchenko states to one of radio stations.

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