Russian sports stars urge IOC to let clean athletes go to Rio

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A group of Russian sports stars has appealed to the International Olympic Committee to let athletes with no history of doping compete at the Rio Games in August, days ahead of a ruling on Russia's ban from world athletics.

Thirteen Olympic medalists and world champions signed a letter addressed to IOC head Thomas Bach saying it would be unfair if Russian track-and-field athletes with no record of using banned substances were not allowed to go to Rio.

"The fraud of dishonest people should not jeopardize the career of the other innocent fellow athletes and throw a stain on our country's reputation," they said in the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

"The right of any athlete who has never violated any of the existing rules to perform at the Olympic Games is inviolable."

Those signing the letter included Alexander Popov, a four-time Olympic champion swimmer, Olympic judo champion Tagir Khaibulaev and others from a range of summer and winter sports.

After being suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) last year, Russia is trying to convince sports authorities it is serious about rooting out cheats and overhauling its anti-doping systems.

The IAAF will decide whether Russia has done enough to have the ban overturned at a meeting in Vienna on Friday.

But Russian sports officials say the IOC could still invite individual athletes to compete at the Games even if the IAAF rules to uphold Russia's suspension.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko also wrote to IAAF head Sebastian Coe on Wednesday outlining the progress Russia has made reforming its disgraced athletics association, TASS news agency reported.

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Solange, a worker at Pousada Favelinha (Little favela) hostel, stands near an entrance, in Pereira da Silva favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 21, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Milene prepares a room at Tiki hostel in Cantagalo favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 1, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A tourist leaves her room at Pousada Favelinha (Little favela) hostel in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A room at Pousada Favelinha (Little favela) hostel is seen in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A man is reflected in a mirror in a room at Tiki hostel in Cantagalo favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 15, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A room at Tiki hostel is seen in Cantagalo favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 1, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A guest relaxes with the The Sugar Loaf mountain in the background at Pousada Favelinha (Little favela) hostel in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A woman sits on a terrace at Tiki hostel in Cantagalo favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 16, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man walks along a terrace at Pousada Favelinha (Little favela) hostel in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 21, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A room at Pousada Favelinha (Little favela) hostel is seen in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Solange, a worker at Pousada Favelinha hostel, talks to guests outside the hostel in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Solange, a worker at Pousada Favelinha hostel, returns to the hostel in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Solange, a worker at Pousada Favelinha (Little favela) hostel, poses for a photograph at the hostel in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Houses are seen through a window of Tiki hostel in Cantagalo favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 1, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Solange, a worker at Pousada Favelinha (Little favela) hostel, prepares a room in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 21, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A drawing is seen on a wall at Pousada Favelinha (Little favela) hostel in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Cats sit on a chair at Pousada Favelinha (Little favela) hostel in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
British musician Tom Ashe poses for a photograph near the building where he is renting a room, in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 2, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Ligia, the owner of Pousada Favela Cantagalo hostel, poses for a photograph near her hostel in Cantagalo favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 1, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A room at Pousada Favela Cantagalo hostel is seen in Cantagalo favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 1, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A room for rent is seen at a house in Pereira da Silva favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 2, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A suite is seen at the Mirante do Arvrao hostel in Vidigal favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 5, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Dois Irmaos (Two brothers) peaks are seen from the Tiki hostel in Cantagalo favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 1, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A guest walks along a terrace at Alto Vidigal hostel in Vidigal favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 23, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
A worker serves coffee to a guest at Pousada Favelinha (Little favela) hostel kitchen in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 29, 2016. Hostels in a few of RioÃs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
The combination picture shows views through hostel windows located in various favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil April 15-24, 2016. Hostels in a few of Rioâs more than 1,000 slums serve not only as a cheap housing alternative for the more adventurous among the estimated 500,000 foreign tourists expected to arrive for the Olympics in August. The establishments also open up the rich culture of the city's shantytowns for travellers, giving them a glimpse into once "no-go" areas where about one-fifth of Rio's population lives. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "HOLIDAY FAVELAS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES
Sugar Loaf mountain is seen through a window of Favelinha (Little favela) hostel in Pereira da Silva favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Houses are seen through a window of Tiki hostel in Cantagalo favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Ipanema beach is seen through a window at the Alto Vidigal hostel in Vidigal favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 23, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
The Dois Irmaos (Two brothers) peaks are seen through a window of Tiki hostel in Cantagalo favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Houses are seen through a window of Tiki hostel in Cantagalo favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Christ the Redeemer statue is seen through a window of Scene hostel in Santa Marta favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 24, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Houses are seen through a window of Tiki hostel in Cantagalo favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Houses are seen through a window of Tiki hostel in Cantagalo favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
Houses (R) are seen through a window as Copacabana beach is reflected on a glass at Tiki hostel in Cantagalo favela, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
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