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Belarus promises cool welcome to ICF delegation in late July 2016

The top sports officials of Belarus have immediately responded to the possible disqualification of the men's rowing and canoeing team of Belarus. "We will fight for our rights," was the leitmotif of the press conference, which was held at the National Olympic Committee on July 18.

Alexander Shamko, Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus:
The International Federation specifically wanted to remove the entire federation and all our national teams - competitors are being removed at any price, just prior to the Olympic Games.

As was previously reported, the executive committee of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) dismissed the men's rowing and canoeing team of Belarus, including coaches, medical and support staff, from international competitions for one year.

On Monday, the Belarusian side sent a package of documents to the sports court in Lausanne to help restore the good name of the Belarusian rowers and confirm the groundlessness of the doping accusations.

Vladimir Shantarovich, head coach of the Belarus national rowing and canoeing team:
This crime, this is blackmail. First. Second, it's slander.  And under the laws of any country, upon coming to us, they must be arrested and get some kind of reproof.

Maxim Ryzhenkov, first vice president of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus:
"Clean" athletes should have the right to partake in the Rio Olympics. We are all fighters against doping. Today our country and the Ministry of Sport have a clear program to combat doping, with huge funds allocated to carry out serious preventive work, which involves all the athletes, doctors, and coaches. It was decided that those who were caught with doping will lose everything in this country.   
There will be no special meetings, receptions and banquets. Those [ICF] officials will be treated as other ordinary citizens. If they want to eat, they can spend the subsistence allowance.

Belarus promises cool welcome to ICF delegation in late July 2016