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Russia anger after Rio ban appeal rejected

 Agencies |  2016-07-22 22:35:03.0  |  LAUSANNE

The international sports tribunal on Thursday rejected an appeal by Russian athletes against a Rio Olympics ban amid mounting pressure for action over state-run doping in Russia.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling on track and field is seen as a key indicator as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) debates whether to order a blanket ban on Russia from the Rio Games that start August 5. 

The IOC executive is to hold more talks on Sunday and a decision on a ban could be announced after, an Olympic spokesperson said. 

Russia reacted angrily however. It is a sporting powerhouse whose absence from Rio would create the biggest crisis in decades for the Olympic movement.

But there have been widespread calls for exemplary sanctions against the state-orchestrated campaign. 

“This will scare a lot of people, or send a strong message that the sport is serious about cleaning up,” six-time Olympic sprint title winner Usain Bolt of Jamaica said of the CAS ruling.

Russia’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko called the CAS ruling “politicised” and illegal however.

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