Isinbayeva terms CAS ruling a 'funeral for athletics'

Russia's pole vault athlete Yelena Isinbayeva termed CAS' ruling to reject Russia's appeal against a ban imposed on its track and field team a 'funeral for athletics'.

'Thank you everyone for the funeral of track and field athletics.'   -  Reuters

Russia's pole vault athlete Yelena Isinbayeva termed CAS' ruling to reject Russia's appeal against a ban imposed on its track and field team as a 'funeral for athletics'.

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"Thank you all for this funeral for athletics," Isinbayeva told TASS. "Thank you everyone for the funeral of track and field athletics. This is a purely political order. All arguments are aimed against ARAF (All-Russia Athletics Federation) and there is nothing concrete against athletes," Isinbayeva said.

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"This is not sports but politics," she added. "But we are athletes without any political skills. Let them rejoice."

Isinbayeva also pointed out there was a ray of hope in the form of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). "IOC is entitled to make their own decision. They said it again - looks like rejection, but IOC can decide something on separate athletes. I should say it once again - the final decision will be announced by IOC President Tomas Bach," she added.

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