July 23, 2016 / 1:17 PM / 3 years ago

Russian athletes have only 1 percent chance of going to Rio: TASS cites minister

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko attends an Executive Committee meeting of the Russian Football Union in Moscow, Russia, July 23, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin - RTSJAYR

MOSCOW (Reuters) - There is just a one percent probability that the International Olympic Committee will allow Russian track-and-field athletes to take part in the Rio Olympics, TASS news agency quoted Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko as saying on Saturday.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected on Thursday Russia’s appeal against a doping ban for its entire athletics team from the Rio Olympics.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Jeremy Gaunt

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