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Brazil: 271 Russian athletes permitted to compete in the Olympics, says Zhukov03:28

Brazil: 271 Russian athletes permitted to compete in the Olympics, says Zhukov

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
August 4, 2016 at 21:26 GMT -00:00 · Published

President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov announced in a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, that, following extreme scrutiny, 271 Russian athletes have been admitted to take part in the Olympic Games.

Zhukov stated, "All these teams have been 100% approved by the international federation. They scrutinised each and every Russian athlete and made their conclusions.”

He added that it was “unfair” that Russian athletes such as Yelena Zhimbaeva and Sergei Shubenkov were not permitted to compete, despite not being accused of doping.

The Head of the Russian Anti-Doping Commission Vitali Smirnov also stressed that the committee will investigating the cause behind the large number of doping violations amongst Russian athletes, "In order to do everything to gain trust in our athletes, especially those who have never doped - and this is the majority of our Russian athletes - in order for them to compete for our nation."

Brazil: 271 Russian athletes permitted to compete in the Olympics, says Zhukov03:28
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President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov announced in a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Thursday, that, following extreme scrutiny, 271 Russian athletes have been admitted to take part in the Olympic Games.

Zhukov stated, "All these teams have been 100% approved by the international federation. They scrutinised each and every Russian athlete and made their conclusions.”

He added that it was “unfair” that Russian athletes such as Yelena Zhimbaeva and Sergei Shubenkov were not permitted to compete, despite not being accused of doping.

The Head of the Russian Anti-Doping Commission Vitali Smirnov also stressed that the committee will investigating the cause behind the large number of doping violations amongst Russian athletes, "In order to do everything to gain trust in our athletes, especially those who have never doped - and this is the majority of our Russian athletes - in order for them to compete for our nation."

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