On Friday, the Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) officially announced the decision to uphold Russia Athletics Federation (RUSAF) ban for association's membership, which means that Russian athletes cannot participate in international competitions under IAAF aegis. On Saturday, the IOC Executive Board said it supported the anti-doping position of the IAAF.
"Judging by the [IOC] statement, our athletes have no chance [at the Olympics], but we will continue [our struggle]. Our position is clear. The responsibility should be of a personal, not collective character," Mutko told R-Sport.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that it was unfair to ban all Russian athletes from participating in Rio Games, adding that he hoped to find a solution to the problem.
Earlier in the day, the ARAF said that y it was ready for strategic partnership with the IAAF and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on the issue.