Russian minister: CAS ruling flouts rights of honest athletes
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's sports minister said on Thursday a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reject a legal challenge by a group of Russian athletes against a ban on them competing in the Rio Olympics violated the rights of honest Russian sportspeople.
Vitaly Mutko, in comments broadcast on Russian state television, said that the CAS decision created a precedent of collective responsibility and punished athletes not involved in doping.
He said Russia did not accept there was a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia.
(Reporting by Alexander Winning and Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn)