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Zhukov downplays possible boycott with Russia's participation in Rio Olympics in the balance

The head of Russia's Olympic Committee says he expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire team will be banned from Rio over allegations of state-sponsored doping.

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Zhukov downplays possible boycott with Russia's participation in Rio Olympics in the balance

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The head of Russia’s Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, told journalists he expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire team will be banned from next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro over allegations of state-sponsored doping.

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"The Olympic movement is something that brings people together. It is all about friendship, cooperation and should strengthen relations between nations"

Alexander Zhukov Russian Olympic Committee President

“We are against any boycotts,” Zhukov said. “The Olympic Games, the Olympic movement, is something that brings people together. It is all about friendship, cooperation and should strengthen relations between nations”.

The 60-year-old said the majority of international sporting federations supported Russian athletes competing in Rio and added comments by US officials calling for a blanket ban were an attempt to influence the IOC’s decision.

A Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling on their participation is expected on Thursday.