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Brazil: Isinbayeva arrives in Rio ahead of IOC panel elections01:40

Brazil: Isinbayeva arrives in Rio ahead of IOC panel elections

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
August 15, 2016 at 11:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian pole-vaulter and two-time Olympic gold medallist Elena Isinbayeva arrived at the Galeao International Airport in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

Upon exiting the arrivals gate, Isinbayeva was accosted by dozens of journalists, to whom she remarked she would never forgive being banned from competing at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Isinbayeva arrived in the host city of the 31st Summer Olympic Games not as an athlete, but as a candidate for the International Olympics Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. Isinbayeva also plans to announce her retirement from sport at a special press-conference, which is scheduled for August 19th at the Olympic Park's Main Press Centre.

The pole-vaulter was banned from competing at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics - along with the rest of the Russian track and field team - after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) indefinitely suspended the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) over state-sponsored doping claims.

Brazil: Isinbayeva arrives in Rio ahead of IOC panel elections01:40
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Russian pole-vaulter and two-time Olympic gold medallist Elena Isinbayeva arrived at the Galeao International Airport in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.

Upon exiting the arrivals gate, Isinbayeva was accosted by dozens of journalists, to whom she remarked she would never forgive being banned from competing at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Isinbayeva arrived in the host city of the 31st Summer Olympic Games not as an athlete, but as a candidate for the International Olympics Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission. Isinbayeva also plans to announce her retirement from sport at a special press-conference, which is scheduled for August 19th at the Olympic Park's Main Press Centre.

The pole-vaulter was banned from competing at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics - along with the rest of the Russian track and field team - after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) indefinitely suspended the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF) over state-sponsored doping claims.

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