Russian athletes will file a class action suit against the ban preventing their participation in the Rio Olympic Games, as Russia’s sports minister said a decision to prevent its weightlifters from competing was “psychotic”.
The class action suit will be filed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport next week, the head of the Russian Athletics Federation Mikhail Butov has said.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) last week upheld the ban, insisting that a “deep-seated culture of doping” remained in Russia.
The Russian track and field team will currently not be allowed to compete at the Games, though the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said Russians could take part under the country’s flag if cleared by the IAAF or the Arbitration Court.
IOC president Thomas Bach said the Russians would need to be individually evaluated, adding that the state of Russia’s anti-doping authority put “very serious doubts on the presumption of innocence”… see more