Pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva hopes to garner support to enable clean Russian athletes to compete at the next Olympic Games.
Russia was suspended by the IAAF last week over allegations of state-sponsored doping, with an independent commission established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) having called for the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) to be banned.
However, the two-time Olympic gold medallist, who has set 17 world records in the event, insists she will fight for the right to compete in Rio de Janeiro on behalf of her compatriots who are not guilty of doping.
“This is just unfair. This is unacceptable. I will be fighting for my rights,” Isinbayeva told Sky News.
“I think I deserve to finish my professional career on a good note at the Rio Olympics.
“The Russian anthem should be playing in Rio when I win the gold medal. I will be fighting for that. ”
Isinbayeva considers a ban on all athletes to be extremely harsh and is attempting to rally clean colleagues to push for their inclusion at the Olympic Games next year.
“I have two gold medals, 30 world records and every day, every month, every year I followed the anti-doping rules,” she said.
“I have never broken them. Tell me why I personally should have to suffer for the mistakes of those who are less responsible?
“I call on everybody to support us, the innocent sportspeople.
“You can’t judge everyone on one case – or even a group of people. We have more than a hundred people on our team and clean athletes are in the majority.”