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Russian Olympic chief rules out Rio boycott

Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov chairs a meeting with members of executive board of the Russian Olympic Committee to announce names of sportspeople selected to go to the 2016 Rio Games, in Moscow, Russia, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov chairs a meeting with members of executive board of the Russian Olympic Committee to announce names of sportspeople selected to go to the 2016 Rio Games, in Moscow, Russia, July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov said on Wednesday Russia was categorically against boycotting the Rio Games and to do so would cause a split in the Olympic movement.

Zhukov said the majority of international sporting federations supported Russian athletes participating in the Games and comments by U.S. officials calling for a blanket doping ban were aimed at pressurising the International Olympic Committee.

(Reporting by Dmitry Rogovitskiy; Writing by Jack Stubbs; editing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by)

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