In this Friday, Dec. 25, 2015 file photo, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
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Russia's sports minister hit back Thursday at a damning World Anti-Doping Agency report released on the eve of an IAAF decision on whether to readmit Russia in time for the Rio Olympics.Russia, suspended since November over accusations of "state-sponsored" doping, has been lobbying furiously for its reinstatement in IAAF.As Russia awaits the IAAF decision, Mutko spoke of "pressure" on the IAAF Council.Russia could take any IAAF decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The latest WADA bombshell, which was compiled with the help of U.K. Anti-Doping, whose doping officers went to Russia, provides further ammunition for critics who have called for the IAAF to maintain Russia's suspension.The IAAF suspended Russia from competition in November after an WADA report which detailed a systematic doping program and corruption by sports officials.
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