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Olympics Panel Said Unlikely To Reinstate Any Russian Athletes

Russia won't get any relief from an international ban on its athletes at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee scheduled for June 21, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said.

The committee is due to address the situation in countries that have been declared noncompliant with doping rules by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Russian track-and-field team was banned from the Rio Olympics in August in large part because of the agency's findings.

The Olympic committee has the authority to reinstate individual Russian athletes who have been proven innocent of doping charges against the Russian team.

"I don't expect any decisions tomorrow," Mutko said. "The track-and-field team's eligibility won't be reinstated tomorrow. I am absolutely sure of this. There are no people there who could do that."

Mutko said the committee will wait to decide on individual athletes until after a report is published in mid-July by a commission investigating the doping charges leveled by former Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory chief Grigory Rodchenkov.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Interfax