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    Attempts by the World Anti-Doping Agency to suspend Russian track and field athletes from the Olympics in Rio are likely to fail, German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau wrote.

    According to German analyst Jürgen Ahäuzer, members of the Russian athletics team are expected to participate in the Olympic Games in Brazil, simply because Russia is not the only country which experienced a scandal of that kind.

    "Russian athletes can hope for Rio because half of the world is stuck in a stinking doping swamp," the analyst wrote.

    In Ahäuzer's opinion, the intentions behind the revelation have been good, but at the end the whole scandal is likely to burst like a bubble.

    The doping scandal broke out in December 2014 following a documentary of the German TV channel ARD. The film revealed that Russian athletes were regularly taking the banned meldonium drug as instructed by their coaches.

    Some 30 Russian athletes have tested positive for the drug so far, with Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova being the first to admit the results of her positive test in public. The overall number of athletes who tested positive for meldonium, including those from Sweden, Georgia, Ukraine and other countries, has reached 100, BBC reported.

    Earlier, Russian Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko stated in an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel that the Russian national athletics team will be able to participate in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    "We have done everything to ensure that the disqualification has been canceled," Mutko said. "We've changed org-men and coaches who raised suspicions. Our athletes have a moral right to be in Rio," Mutko stressed.

    The Minister also added that if Russian athletes aren't allowed to participate in the Olympics the entire Russian sports team will boycott the event.

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