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IAAF to Russia: Rio athletics ban will stand - agencies

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe attends the Olympic Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President Sebastian Coe attends the Olympic Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has received a reply from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), saying the exclusion of Russian track-and-field athletes from the Rio Olympics cannot be reversed, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

"I have received a reply from Coe. The decision which has been taken will not be revised," Mutko was quoted as saying, referring to IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

Mutko on Monday sent a letter to the IAAF asking it to allow clean Russian track-and-field athletes to take part in the Rio Olympics.

(Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Jack Stubbs)

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