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Friday, July 22nd

Russian Olympic ban upheld; Moscow denounces ‘crime against sport’ “Sport’s highest tribunal rejected on Thursday Russia;s appeal against a doping ban for its entire athletics team from the Rio Olympics starting in 15 days’ time, drawing swift and angry condemnation from Moscow. The decision by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) increases the possibility that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will now exclude Russia from all sports, not just track and field, in Rio de Janeiro. That would mark the deepest crisis in the Olympic movement since the US and Soviet boycotts of the 1980s, and would be a grave blow to a nation that prides itself on its status as a sporting superpower. ‘CAS rejects the claims/appeal of the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes,’ CAS said in a statement that backed the right the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to suspend the Russian athletics federation. Russian officials, and many ordinary people in the country, have interpreted the doping allegations as part of a conspiracy inspired by Western governments who fear Moscow's growing influence.”

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