MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's sports minister said on Thursday a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to reject a legal challenge by a group of Russian athletes against a ban on them competing in the Rio Olympics violated the rights of honest Russian sportspeople.

Vitaly Mutko, in comments broadcast on Russian state television, said that the CAS decision created a precedent of collective responsibility and punished athletes not involved in doping.

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He said Russia did not accept there was a state-sponsored doping program in Russia.

(Reporting by Alexander Winning and Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn)