Road to Rio: Russian Olympic Committee, 68 athletes submit appeal against IAAF ban

President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov attends the Olympic Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland on June 21, 2016.
President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov attends the Olympic Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland on June 21, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Xinhua - The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and 68 Russian athletes have submitted a collective appeal against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for its decision to ban Russian athletes from international games, the ROC said on Sunday.

The ROC added that the appeal will be considered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on July 19.

On June 17, the world athletics governing body IAAF upheld a ban on Russia's track and field athletes for Rio de Janeiro Olympics for systematic violations of doping regulations, which Moscow considered unfair.