With the fate of the Russian Olympic track team still up in the air because of their state-sponsored cheating scandal, one Russian track star has his fallback plan in place if he’s barred from the Rio Games: He’ll get plastered.
Sergey Shubenkov — who won the gold medal in the 110m hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing — is quoted in an Associated Press report as saying “I will get drunk” if he and his teammates are ruled ineligible to compete.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland is about to hand down a ruling which will determine the Olympic fate of the track and field team. The IAAF, track and field’s governing body, banned 68 Russian track athletes from competing in Rio. The Russian track team appealed, and the Court of Arbitration is scheduled to rule tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Olympic teams in other sports are watching this ruling closely, as the International Olympic Committee has yet to decide whether any Russian athletes will be allowed to compete. In a statement yesterday. the IOC said that they will “explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016.”
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