Moscow - Russia on Thursday slammed a ruling by the Court of
Arbitration for Sport to reject an appeal against a ban for doping that will
see the track and field team miss the Rio Games.
"In my view, this is a subjective and somewhat
politicised decision for which there is no legal basis," Sports Minister
Vitaly Mutko told TASS news agency.
The Kremlin expressed "deep regret" over the move
and said that it was unfair to ban all athletes from competing at the Games.
"The idea of collective responsibility from our point
of view can hardly be considered acceptable," spokesman Dmitry Peskov told
"We are talking about athletes training for the
Olympics who have no connection to doping, who have no connection to any
accusations or suspicions," Peskov said.
"On this we can only express deep regret."
Also read: Russia loses appeal against Olympic track and field ban
The CAS ruling backed up a decision from athletics governing
body the IAAF to slap a blanket ban on Russia's track and field team ahead of
the Olympics over evidence of state-sponsored doping.
The decision Thursday will now see Russian athletics stars
such as pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and hurdler Sergey Shubenkov miss out on
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Isinbayeva said the ruling
would deal a mortal blow to international athletics.
"Thank you all for this funeral for athletics,"
Isinbayeva told TASS, labelling the decision "a blatant political
The situation could be set to get much worse for Moscow as
the the International Olympic Committee said this week it would take into
account the CAS ruling as it weighs up whether to ban all Russian competitors
from Rio over more widespread doping accusations.For
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