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Russian national Olympic team departs for Rio

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 00:39

Russia's national Olympic team departs for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics amid a doping scandaL.

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SHOWS: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JULY 28, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 10. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) HEAD OF RUSSIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE, ALEXANDER ZHUKOV, SAYING: "We need to leave all the worries and anxiety behind. The Russian Olympic team is going to the games. The Russian Olympic team is a brilliant team. All these people standing here are the best sportspeople we have, the best sportspeople out there in the world. I think the whole country will be supporting you now and the support will be twice as strong. Remember our Sochi motto 'one country, one team.'" STORY: Russia's national Olympic team left Moscow early on Thursday (July 28) for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Russia has been at the centre of a doping scandal over the past year, with the country's entire track and field athletics team banned from taking part in the Rio games. "I think it must be very hurtful because we know how much hard work it involves. Some people spend four years preparing for this, anticipating the Olympics and then they can't go, I feel really sorry for them," women's volleyball team member Nataliya Goncharova said. The global governing body for athletics on Wednesday (July 27) stood behind its ban on Russia's track and field athletes competing at the Rio Olympics, effectively leaving all paths trodden in Moscow's attempts to get them readmitted. "We need to leave all the worries and anxiety behind. The Russian Olympic team is going to the games," the head of Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Shukov said. "The Russian Olympic team is a brilliant team. All these people standing here are the best sportspeople we have, the best sportspeople out there in the world. I think the whole country will be supporting you now and the support will be twice as strong. Remember our Sochi motto 'one country, one team.'" Synchronised swimming team member Svetlana Romanshina said the Russian team is ready for a beautiful victory. "I think today is really the happiest and nicest morning of the last few months or even year for all of us. For some people these are the first Olympics. For some - the sixth. But it doesn't change the essence of it. We all want to win and we know how to win fairly and beautifully." The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) imposed the ban in November for systematic state-sponsored doping. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld that decision last week.

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Russian national Olympic team departs for Rio

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 00:39