Russia notified by IAAF that Rio 2016 athletics ban will stand: Reports

  • Reuters, Moscow
  • Updated: Jul 27, 2016 17:42 IST
The Olympics rings are seen on a fence in front of the Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow. (AP Photo)

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has received a reply from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), saying the exclusion of Russian track-and-field athletes from the Rio Olympics cannot be reversed, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

“I have received a reply from Coe. The decision which has been taken will not be revised,” Mutko was quoted as saying, referring to IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

Mutko on Monday sent a letter to the IAAF asking it to allow clean Russian track-and-field athletes to take part in the Rio Olympics.

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