Around 70 athletes from Russia’s Olympic team touched down in Brazil on Friday ahead of next month’s games, which start in Rio on August 5. However, hours earlier, the IAAF rejected an appeal from world pole vault record holder Yelena Isinbayeva to compete.
Russia’s national team was greeted by Russia’s consulate general in Rio and compatriots in Brazil they landed at Galeao International Airport.
At the farewell ceremony before the Russian athletes departed from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, the president of Russia’s Olympic Committee (ROC) Aleksandr Zhukov stated that about 270 Russian athletes have been given the green light by their respective international federations to participate in the competition.
The men’s and women’s volleyball teams, the women’s handball team, the boxing team, synchronized swimmers and table tennis players were among the flight’s passengers that departed Moscow on Thursday.
Speaking at the ceremony, Isinbayeva who was fighting back tears, said that Russian athletes were banned “without a chance” to defend themselves and called on the remaining athletes to “show them what you’re able to do — for yourself and for us too.”
Source: Russian Olympic team arrives in Rio, missing over 100 athletes including pole vault record holder Yelena Isinbayeva