Russia to learn 2016 Olympics fate on Friday


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Russia hopes to prevent its athletes being banned from next year's Rio Olympics by claiming "irregularities" around its drug-testing system were down to the sport's "old leadership".

The country's athletics federation has written to athletics' governing body after allegations of "state-sponsored doping" were made by a World Anti-Doping Agency independent report.

The response will be discussed by the International Association of Athletics Federations on Friday, with a decision expected to be made public afterwards.

"In our report for the IAAF, we agreed with some of Wada's positions," Vadim Zelichenok, acting president of the Russian athletics federation, told TASS news agency.

"However, we explained that all these irregularities happened under the old leadership of the Russian athletics federation and took place some time ago."

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says Russia will not boycott next year's Olympics, should the country's athletes be banned from competing.

"Russia is against a boycott. Russia is against political interference in sport," he added.

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