Russian president Vladimir Putin has no plan to attend the Rio 2016 Olympics, despite the fact that Russia is expected to host the 2024 event The Mirror reports.
Reports in Russia quote Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying that neither Putin or Chief of Staff Sergey Ivanov will bother getting on the plane for Brazil.
“The president does not have such trip on his programme, and neither does the Head of the (Russian Presidential) Administration,” Peskov said.
It is not yet clear who will represent Russia at the 2016 games, but there is clear anger behind the red curtain over the allegations of doping against its athletes.
The soundings from Moscow come just hours after Boxing authorities cleared all 11 Russian boxers to fight in Rio.
The decision was made by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and comes just 48 hours before the opening ceremony.
The International Olympic Committee declined to issue a blanket ban on Russian competitors taking part in Rio 2016 despite an investigation detailing systematic doping in the Russian Olympic team.
A statement issued this morning said: “AIBA has carried out an individual analysis of the anti-doping record of each of the 11 Russian boxers qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and confirms them fit for the event.