Moscow - Russia insisted Friday it expects to avoid a
blanket ban from the IOC on its competitors at the Rio Olympics despite its
track and field squad losing an appeal over suspension for state-sponsored
"All sportsmen who have not been convicted or are not
under suspicion of doping should have the right to compete," Kremlin
spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"That is the decision we are counting on."
The International Olympic Committee's executive board are to
hold a conference call on Sunday to discuss banning Russia from the Rio Games
starting on August 5.
Also read: Russia lashes out at CAS doping appeal rejection
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday ruled
against Russia's athletes in a decision seen as a key indicator as the IOC
debates whether to kick out the whole Russian team.
The IOC is facing international pressure to act tough on
Russia and ban the entire team over bombshell revelations of a state-run doping
system that has seen the country cheat its way to victory.
Fourteen national anti-doping agencies including the United
States, Canada and Germany sent a joint letter to IOC President Thomas Bach on
Thursday urging him to ban Russia from Rio.
Officials in Moscow have slammed the decision by CAS to
reject its appeal against a ban from the world athletics body IAAF, calling it
part of a broader political campaign by the West against Russia.
The suspension of the track and field team already means
that star athletes like pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and hurdler Sergey
Shubenkov will not be in Rio.For
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