February 23, 2016 / 3:06 PM / 3 years ago

Athletics chief says Russia must qualify for Rio Games by June: R-Sport

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian athletes will be unable to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games if a ban on their participation is not lifted by June, the head of the Russian Athletics Federation (VFLA) was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

Russia's Athletics Federation (ARAF) newly-elected president Dmitry Shlyakhtin stands up as he leaves a news conference following a meeting held to hear reports and elect new officials of ARAF in Moscow, Russia, January 16, 2016. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“We believe, that our team will perform at the Olympics ... but we understand that there is a point of no return. That is June,” R-Sport, the sports arm of the RIA news agency, quoted VLFA Head Dmitry Shlyakhtin as saying.

Reporting by Jack Stubbs; editing by John Stonestreet

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