Isinbayeva to seek justice over Olympics ban

Andrew Cummings
August 8, 2016

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko on Friday told local media that 272 of the country's athletes had been approved by global sports federations, out of an original team of 387, adding that the number could rise.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) issued the ban Friday for the Russian federation and all of its weightlifters, according to The Associated Press.

More than 100 Russian athletes have been banned from the Rio Games, including the country's entire track and field team.

Isinbayeva to seek justice over Olympics ban

Of the 68 Russian track and field athletes banned from Rio, just one - long jumper Darya Klishina - was granted permission to compete next month after she proved to the IAAF that she is clean.

Mutko said: "CAS now works 24 hours a day, so today or tomorrow we will support our athletes and try to get them restored to the team".

On Friday, it noted that Russian competitors had been named in the McLaren Report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency that exposed evidence of state-backed cheating in Russia.

However, that recommendation was shot down by the International Olympic Committee last week.

Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva - who recently started a public campaign in order to have her ban from the Olympics lifted but was later denied - addressed the crowd before the meet. "We should do so after the Olympic Games". "The Olympic Channel will inspire us all and reach out to new generations of athletes and fans", he said.

Rio's preparations, meanwhile, remain clouded on several fronts, including budget cuts, raw sewage that pollutes the sites of rowing, sailing, canoeing, open water swimming and triathlon, slow ticket sales, and concerns over crime and the Zika virus.

The Australians and at least eight other Olympic teams complained this week about their accommodations in the athletes' village, citing plumbing leaks, electrical faults and dirty conditions.

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