Russia will not boycott Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, in the case of disqualification of Russian athletes in connection with the doping scandal, said Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko to AP agency, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Vesti.ru.
“We have no intention to boycott the Olympic Games 2016. Russia is a reliable partner of the International Olympic Committee,” – said Mutko.
It should be recalled that an independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has found that Russia was involved in state-sponsored doping and recommended that Russian athletes to be suspended from Olympic Games of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
According to a released report, Russia took part in a systemic, and state-sponsored doping program for several years, including in the run-up to the Sochi Games.
“The IC has found that not only was leadership in the fight against doping in sport lacking, but also that there were organized efforts on the part of many senior coaches and officials, inside and outside Russia, to promote doping and make it possible for such efforts to be successful, including the coverup of certain positive cases of doping,” – the report stated.