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[11:11:28] NICK PARKER, CNN HOST: You have been listening to Russia's sports minister reacting to news that Russian athletes will not being
banned from this year's Rio games. The International Olympic Committee just announced that decision. It says each athlete's international sports
federation must decide eligibility to compete based on some strict criteria.
All of this is in response to reports that found evidence of state- sponsored doping in Russia. The country's track and field team was already banned from competing over the scandal.
We are covering this breaking news story for multiple hours this hour -- multiple angles, I should say. From the view from Moscow, CNN's Claire
Sebastian is in the Russian capital. CNN's Rosa Flores is live for us in Rio. And World Sport's Patrick Snell joins us from CNN Center.
Clare, I'd like to start with you. This is the first official Russian reaction that we have had. What stood out for you from that press
CLARE SEBASTIAN, CNN INTERANTIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Nick, well as we have been saying this -- by Vitaly Mutko, the sports minister, this press
conference, he said he was grateful that the IOC has taken the decision to consider the rights of individual athletes rather than the collective
responsibility of the entire team.
Now, this is something that the Russian side has been advocating for all along saying it was unacceptable that clean athletes should be made to pay
for transgressions that they have not committed. Mr. Mutko also saying that he believes the entire -- or the majority of the Russian team will be
able to meet those strict criteria, the eligibility that the IOC has set out. And he also said that this is not just Russia's problem, another
element in the rhetoric that we have been seeing throughout the last days and weeks.
Interestingly, he was asked about the McLaren report and he said there definitely needs to be more scrutiny on that. He basically implied that it
was rushed, that it was only done in 50 or so days and that there needs to be much more work to be done to establish the fact on that.
So, very much along the lines of the rhetoric we have been seeing. But grateful, as I say, that this decision was taken today not to ban the
entire Russian team.
PARKER: Absolutely. It was a big moment on the global stage, wasn't it, for Russia.
How much was riding on it, do you think, for the country, and indeed for the president, Vladimir Putin, who spent something like $50 billion on the
Sochi 2014 Olympics?
SEBASTIAN: Huge amount was riding on it, Nick. This is a country that not only -- with good reason -- considers itself an Olympic super power. They
have come consistently in the top four in terms of medal tables in the last few summer Olympics, triumphed in Sochi, topping the medal table there.
That, of course, was the pet project of Vladimir Putin, plowed $50 billion in to that, as you say, staking his legacy and his image on those games.
And that was why, of course, so much money was spent.
It very much matters to Russia that they are able to promote their athletes and that they are able to go and compete and win. This is a source of
great national pride here in Russia. So, it was a source of huge amount of scrutiny, a huge amount of coverage here on the Russian media. So, very
much a very important, very high stakes here for Russia, Nick.
PARKER: Yeah, absolutely.
I want to bring in Patrick Snell in Atlanta. Patrick, clearly (inaudible) decision. What is behind it.
PATRICK SNELL, WORLD SPORT: I'm sorry, Nick, I didn't pick up that question. Can you repeat that, please?
PARKER: Sure. I was just saying that there's been a torrent of criticism over the IOC decision. What's behind it. What are some of the main
criticisms underpinning this?
[11:15:01] SNELL: Well, there is no question the critics, the detractors, of Russia. We heard Dick Pound earlier in the previous hour saying that
this really was a really big opportunity for the IOC president, the German, Thomas Bach, to come out with a statement, to make this statement an issue,
a blank ban on all Russian competitors. It did not happen.
The cynics will say a lot of it is to do in part perhaps to the legacy, the fallout, if you like, of the 2014 Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of
Sochi, an occasion which saw Russian President Vladimir Putin plowing $51 billion to essentially make that happen.
Now, some cynics will tie that and interweave a connection there. But the fact is Thomas Bach has moved this on to the international sporting
federations -- I want to pick up and add one point there by Vitaly Mutko, Russia's sports minister. He is the man who is basically in charge of the
2018 Russian World Cup, the football World Cup that will be staged on Russian soil. And
perhaps fittingly there, using a footballing analogy when he referenced a yellow card there in his press conference.
But these are intriguing developments. And to answer your question, Nick, those cynics will say it goes back to that connection. The fallout is just
continuing. Christine Brennan said earlier two years for the IOC, as she put it, a blink of an eye.
PARKER: The IOC is levying some conditions on Russian athlete's participation. But basically saying that the sporting federations are the
ones that will decide whether or not they can compete. What are the chances of any of the existing, presumably clean athletes from being
blocked from competing at this stage, do you think?
SNELL: I think that's a case of individual must present their own case. I'm going to reference, again, the example of (inaudible) she's the Russian
long jumper who moved herself away from the Russian system many years ago. She moved to the United States. She moved to Florida. And in a recent
interview with me she told me that she was clean on five doping tests she's had thisyear.
But I also want to bring in the fact of the alleged whistle-blower here, Yulia Stepanova, she's the 800 meter runner, she is the whistle-blower, the
one that triggered in many ways these allegations in conjunction with the claims from the German TV network. We now understand it, I think this is
really important considering are there any other whistle-blowers out there considering coming forward. We understand that Stepanova won't be allowed
to compete under even the neutral -- in fact, presumably because she previously failed a doping test, as well.
So, we're learning to -- we're beginning to see more and more pieces as the fallout from this momentous decision continues. This was slated as perhaps
one of the most momentous days in the history of the Olympic Games. And the fallout from it is certainly proving to indicate that could well be the
case when history, Nick, comes back to look on this decision in July 2016, just days ahead of this year's summer games in Rio de Janeiro.
PARKER: Yeah, certainly, a landmark ruling in the history of the Olympics movement, as you say, Patrick.
I just want to cross over now to Rosa Flores who is on the ground for us in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil.
Rosa, from where you are, how much of this do you think will be felt? What kind of impact will today's ruling have?
ROSA FLORES, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, the local Rio 2016 committee has been very clear from the get-go issuing a statement very
early on in this scandal saying that it has zero tolerance for doping and cheating during the Rio Games, as expected.
Now, we should mention that Rio has had an issue with doping, with the doping lab exactly. The doping lab was suspended, its accreditation
suspended since June 24th. And it was reinstated a few days ago. So, during that hiatus all of the samples were being sent to other accredited
labs around the world. And so yet again, we are seeing this recurring issue involving labs, involving doping.
But of course the Russian doping scandal at a much larger scale involving government officials and the actual government of that country.
Now, when it comes to Brazilians, when it comes to people who live here in Rio, I mean, you just have to put your shoes -- yourself into their shoes.
You know, a lot of the people here are not okay with the Olympic Games. The latest poll shows that 50 percent of the people are against the Olympic
Games. And if you think about it, think of it like this, many of the people who live in favelas, for example, the shantytowns that you see right
behind me, these are plagued with crime. There's a lot of poverty.
The government in this country has had scandal after scandal. There's been problems at schools here. You know, the most latest news that we received
about the possible terror attack in this country.
And so, Nick, when you think of why, you know, Brazilians, 50 percent of Brazilians are against these games, it is partly for those reasons. You're
seeing money being invested in venues, athletes coming to this country, the spotlight coming to their country, but their living conditions are in high
straits. And so that's what we are seeing here on the ground.
From talking to cab drivers, people out on the street, yeah, there is an excitement around the games, and some people are very excited around the
games, other people just want to just live and they want to live a good life. And right now, there's just tough, difficult times in Brazil --
[11:20:38] PARKER: Indeed. Rosa Flores live for us in Rio de Janeiro. Rosa, thank you for that. Appreciate it.
And still to come, much more on this story, plus, Munich in mourning. We are live in the German city where we are finding out more about a troubled
man who killed nine people on Friday.
Plus, a leak threatens to split Democrats just as they head to Philadelphia. We will tell you why a party leader is no longer speaking at
the convention at a crucial time for the party. Stay with us.
PARKER: Hello, you're watching CNN. And this is CONNECT THE WORLD with me, Nick Parker. Welcome back.
More now on our breaking news, the decision by the International Olympic Committee not to ban all Russian athletes from competing in the upcoming
Rio games following reports of widespread doping in Russian sport.
However, the committee says it will not accept any Russian athlete who doesn't meet the following conditions. The athlete's international sports
federation must decide if the athlete is eligible based on rules from last week's Olympic summit and the world anti-doping code. Only international
tests can be used. Tests administered by Russia's anti-doping agency are not enough for an athlete to be cleared. No one implicated in last week's
McLaren report will be able to compete. And Russia cannot enter any athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping, even if the sanction has
Only if those conditions are met with the Olympics consider accepting the athlete, and even then the decision must be upheld by an expert from the
Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The IOC says anyone who is cleared to compete will be subject to a rigorous testing program.
So, let's get some perspective on what this decision means for the bigger picture around the games. Ed Hula is founder and editor of Around the
Rings, and an expert on the Olympics. He joins us live via Skype from that.
Ed, good to have you with us.
So, let's begin with your reaction to today's momentous decision.
[11:25:09] ED HULA, AROUND THE RINGS: Well, I'm not surprised that the IOC has taken what some would call the safe path, the easy way, by not issuing
a blanket ban against the Russians. The IOC has been trying to walk a very delicate line between collective responsibility and individual
responsibility. Here they struck a blow I would say for the individual athletes saying if you can prove yourself you are clean and able to compete
in Rio de Janeiro.
It is going to be quite a process to enact, to put this in place with 12 days to go to Rio, though.
PARKER: If you could, tell us a little bit about the decision making process that exists within
the IOC. How are these kind of rulings passed down?
HULA: Well, this is the executive board, which is the ruling body, 15 members on this panel. They set the policy, the rules for the IOC. And
what they have done is hand this off to the international federations to implement.
It's always the international federations, the individual sports competing in the Olympic Games, that certified their athletes are qualified, are
ready to go for the Olympics. And they are the first port. If there's a problem with doping it is the international federation that must first must
act to certify, to punish, to sanction an athlete. So the IOC enacts the policy, but leaves it up to the international federations, in this case, to
And so many of these federations are not really equipped staff wise, resource wise to conduct the kind of doping investigation that's going to
be required between now and the start of the Rio Olympics.
PARKER: I mean, do you think it's fair to say, as some critics have, that the IOC has passed the buck on to these federations?
HULA: Well, they have in -- only in that that is the way it is supposed to be. I guess you could look at it that they have passed the buck.
On the other hand, the IOC also did have the power to make it a collective punishment to ban Russia outright.
I think as a result there will be some sharp divisions within members of the IOC. You heard from Richard Pound already today. He does not agree
with the IOC decision.
More importantly there are athletes who are going to Rio de Janeiro, athletes who are active members of the International Olympic Committee who
are calling for a total ban and I think this is not going to be greeted with unanimity among the members of the IOC.
PARKER: How much of a shadow do you think it is going to cast over Rio 2016?
HULA: Well, I think it is. It is unfortunate to have this, especially developing, if you will, at the last minute like this. I guess if we had
dealt with this a year, two years ago, maybe it wouldn't be such a crisis right now.
But to have this on the eve of the games just makes it so much more difficult to handle in a clear, dissipation way so that everybody is
I'm sure that some short cuts will have to be taken in order to meet the deadline of August
5, which is the start of the Rio Olympics.
PARKER: Ed Hula live for us via Skype. Ed, thank you very much for that. Appreciate your perspective.
HULA: A pleasure, Nick.
PARKER: So, live from New York, this is CONNECT THE WORLD. We will have more on this story
and a lot more ahead. Stay with us.
[11:32:20] PARKER: Turkey's main opposition party is leading a pro- democracy rally in Istanbul, they they have invited pro-government supporters to join them as well, that's despite some pretty heavy criticism
from the opposition about how the government has moved to purge people it views as a threat in the aftermath of a failed coup in Turkey just a week
Our Nic Robertson is in Istanbul at the rally for us. Nic, describe the atmosphere if you could.
NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Nick, there's been wide applause. He put forward a 10 point manifesto. He called for people to
raise hands. And you know what, everyone in the square, of which there must be well over 100,000 now raised their hands.
It is a peaceful atmosphere here.
Look, just to set the scene a little bit here, the CHP Party, the Republican People's Party, has a about a quarter of the seats in the
parliament. They are a secularist party, they are a center-left party. The AKP pary of President Erdogan's is as an Islamist leaning party, more
So, these parties have been in opposition for some time. It's the first time in 15 years that you
have members of the AKP here coming to give speeches, or been invited to give speeches or expected to give speeches.
This is the biggest crowd here people have seen in many, many years. However, that doesn't mean that this is a love fest right now between the
CHP and AKP. What we have just heard from the CHP leader here is essentially coded warnings for President erdogan about not to take too much
power. He said, look, this is an anti-coup rally. We are all against the coup. We were against the coup from the minute that it happened. But
democracy for the country doesn't just come from being against the coup, it comes from being secular, it comes from not having an authoritarian rule.
Speakers on the platform here have said we stand against one man rule in countries around the
world. And that again is a very coded warning for concerns here that President Erdogan is accumulating more and more powers in this country.
However, it does have to be said that this rally comes at a time when you have this division between the parties, a sense in the country ahead of the
coup that the opposition in the government are heading in such opposite directions it could bring conflict.
And having the two parties represented together here is significant. And also the government state news agency here, Andalou, has reported that the
leader at the CHP here will meet with President Erdogan at the presidential palace, something they have resisted doing in the past. Tthat's expected
We don't know if it's going to happen, that is what state media is reporting. But it is, if you will, a rapproachment of sorts, which is
significant, but a lot of warnings here from this party that they want a secular future for the country, and they don't want to see one party, one
man taking more and more authoritarian control.
And that's what all the applause behind me you are hearing right now is all about, Nick.
And Nic, briefly it seems no one is being spared from this purge, even perhaps those closest to the president, the presidential guard.
ROBERTSON: What we have heard here from the president on down, the president's spokesman described here a situation where, you know, the army
chief was taken prisoner in his room by his own personal secretary and other commanders within the military structure.
There is a great degree of lack of trust about who stood where on the night of the coup, who was planning what. So, the fact that the arrests now just
continue, this is what should be expected. There's more than 13,000 people in detention, more than 8,000 of them military officers, many police, many
We can expect that number to grow. And well over now, well over, 100 of the country's leading generals in custody. That's more than, well more
than a third of the military hierarchy in the country and that just comes down to a fundamental lack of trust.
And we've seen President Erdogan in this state of emergency put the regional governors, civilians, in control of the military, that tells you a
lot about how this government feels about whether or not they can trust their leading echelons of the military here, Nick.
PARKER: Indeed. Nic Robertson live for us at a bipartisan rally in Istanbul. Nick, thanks very much for that.
Another top story that we are following for you, new details are emerging about the Munich gunman. Police say he bought his gun illegally from the
dark web and planned Friday's attack for a year.
Neighbors have identified him as 18-year-old Ali Sonboly (ph).
For more on this, I'd like to cross over to CNN's Fred Pleitgen who is in Munich with the very latest. Fred, thanks for joining us.
What stage is the investigation at?
FREDERIK PLEITGEN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, certainly we have found out a lot more details about the shooter, and also I think,
Nick, a lot more about how premeditated all of this was.
But first of all I want to show you the scene where I'm at right now, because this is actually the place where this rampage took place. And you
can see that there are still a lot of people coming out here, bringing flowers. Obviously, people -- a lot of them still in a state of shock and
a state of great sadness as the city is really trying to come to terms with what happened here.
But you are absolutely right, the authorities today telling us that they believe that Ali Sonboly (ph) may have been planning this over a year, that
he may have even scoped out another city where he might have wanted to cause something similar as well, and that he might have also left a
So, a lot of new details that we have gotten.
Some of the other details that are emerging as well is that there appear to also have been people who tried to stop this rampage. There was one man
who yelled at the attacker, trying to buy time for authorities to catch up with him.
We spoke to that man. Here's what he had to say.
PLEITGEN: As Munich shooter Ali Sonboly (ph) was gunning down people on his rampage, killing nine and wounding many more, just a few hundred yards
away, Thomas Salbai was on his balcony for an afternoon beer.
"I heard gunshots on the park deck and looked down and I saw that idiot standing there with a gun in his hand," he tells me. "So I finished my
beer and threw the bottle at him."
Instead of hiding inside his apartment, Thoams Salbai yelled at the attacker leading to an insult laden exchange caught on camera by another
tenant of the house.
"I told him, you idiot, are you stupid or something?"
He said, "I'm a German-Iranian or something like that. I said you are a total idiot."
But soon the situation escalated far beyond verbal abuse.
"He aimed the gun over here," Thomas Salbai says. "I think he was trying to shoot the guy filming from this building. I heard bam, bam, bam, so I
took cover. I could see the impact of the bullets on the house."
Thomas Salbai says he was angry, feeling powerless, unarmed trying to confront the gunman.
"If I would have had a gun I would have tried to take him out," he says. "Maybe I wouldn't have killed him, but at least I would have tried to hold
But what he did manage to do was buy time.
The shooter was moving around right here on this park deck. And Thomas Salbai standing there on his balcony says the exchange with him lasted for
about 20 minutes. He was trying to stall the gunman, to give authorities a chance to catch up to him.
But he says at some point the shooter stopped communicating and ran off. Police later found Ali Sonboly's (ph) body, police saying all indications
are he killed himself.
While Thomas Salbai didn't manage to stop the rampage, he says he hopes his efforts distracting
the shooter prevented more even more carnage.
[11:40:11] PLEITGEN: And I can certainly tell you, Nick, that a lot of the people who have come here to mourn the dead and to express their sadness, a
lot of them, despite the fact that it seems clear now that Ali Sonboly (ph) was a very troubled man, someone who also may have been mobbed by people in
the past, they want answers as to how all this happened, why this happened, how he got the weapon. And so certainly they are waiting for the
authorities to come up with more information to see how all of this unfolded, and especially also in what period of time -- Nick.
PARKER: Some key details coming out, but many more questions still needing to be answered.
Fred Pleitgen, live for us in Munich. Fred, thank you.
Back now to our top story this hour. Russian athletes will probably be making an appearance at this year's Olympic games. It comes after the
International Olympic Committee said it will not issue a blanket ban on the athletes following a doping scandal.
The decision has been left to each sporting federation to adjudicate.
For more on the story, I'm joined by Olympics historian Bill Mallon. Bill, thanks very much for your time today. We do appreciate it.
I wanted to get your perspective, first, on the significance of this ruling.
BILL MALLON, OLYMPICS HISTORIAN: Well, it's a difficult ruling in a lot of ways. Someone said there are two sets of innocent athletes -- the Russian
innocent athletes and then the other innocent athletes and it is hard to protect both.
This ruling isn't very decisive for certain, and coming just 12 days before the Olympics, it's hard to see how the international federations will
actually be able to implement these rules they have been given to try to determine which Russian athletes are clean or not.
PARKER: There has been speculation, almost a consensus, that most of the athletes that are permitted to go to Rio for the games will probably end up
competing. Would you agree with that?
MALLON: Yeah, I think with this ruling most of them will compete. I think it will be very hard to prove, again, in just 12 days time, when you are
going to be involving lawyers and the CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sports, it is going to be very difficult to prove which athletes are clean
And I think they have to give them the presumption of innocence if they are going to rule this think way, which means that most of them will probably
end up competing.
PARKER: The World Anti-Doping Organization had called for the IOC to ban the entire Russian team in an exercise of collective responsibility.
Clearly there will be a number of people disappointed and felt -- and let down by today's ruling.
MALLON: Well, there's a lot of people that are disappointed by it. There's just a lot of things that are difficult about this decision and
about the ruling.
Notwithstanding the time constraints, they have made a ruling that any Russian athlete previously found guilty cannot compete and that's a blanket
ban on them. But on the other hand, athletes that have had bans in the past from other countries, and there's a couple from the United States --
Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay have had previous bans that will compete in Rio. So, some are saying, well, why can they compete?
That's one thing.
The other thing that ruling on the blanket ban from the Olympic games has been contested befor, before the CAS and the CAS ruled that they couldn't
do that. So, if those athletes were to contest it, if they had time to contest it, they maybe able to overturn that, although I don't see how that
will happen in just 12 days.
PARKER: Right. And Bill as an Olympic historian, what do you think the impact is on the Olympic movement of today's ruling?
MALLON: Well, certainly the Olympic movement has had a lot of black eyes in the last few monhts and this is another one.
You know, there's just no easy answer o this. People stand up and, you know, pound their drums and say blanket ban, blanket ban, but there are
innocent athletes, I'm certain, among the Russian athletes. So, it's not easy. I mean, it's not difficult.
Some people think this is just a terrible ruling and then other people say that parts of it are good and parts of it are bad. The one thing I will
say for the Olympic Olympic movement and the International Olympic Committee and WADA try harder to catch dopers than people in almost any
other sports. Certainly than in FIFA in Europe, and in the major sports in the United States -- the NFL, the NBA, none of them try anywhere near as
hard. And if they do, they don't publicize it like the International Olympic Committee does.
So you can sit there and make a blanket condemnation of the athletes in the Olympic sports, but I think it is important to remember that at least they
are trying to ban these athletes more than most other sporting organizations are.
[11:45:00] PARKER: Interesting perspective. Bill Mallon, Olympic historian. Sir, thank you for your time. Appreciate it.
And for more on the Russian doping scandal, log on to our website CNN.com. Read what CNN's former Moscow bureau chief says about the scandal and how
it is putting Russian Putin's credibility on the line. That's at CNN.com.
You are watching CONNECT THE WORLD. Still to come on the program, thousands of leaked emails
appear to confirm what the Bernie Sanders campaign has suspected about the Democratic Party. We will tell you how Sanders is responding right after
the break. Stay with us.
PARKER: Welcome back.
Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential runningmate are campaigning together ahead of next week's Democratic National Convention.
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TIM KAINE, U.S. PRESUMPTIVE DEMOCRATIVE VP NOMINEE: (SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE);
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PARKER: That is Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. He spoke a bit of Spanish at times to the crowd in Miami. 17 percent of Florida's voters are Latino.
And Florida, of course, is a crucial battleground state where Clinton and Kaine are trying to rally support in November's election.
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KAINE: I have spent most of my life in public service, because I believe in doing everything I can to make a positive difference in people's lives.
I have been able to see how government works and how sometimes it doesn't. From just about every perspective. And I've always believed that however
you serve, what matters is whether you actually deliver results for people. And that's been my goal -- that's been my goal in every position I have
Now, I know for a lot of you this might be the first time you are hearing me speak. And let me be honest, for many of you this is the first time you
have heard my name.
But that's okay. Because I'm excited for us to get to know one another.
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PARKER: Just as Democrats head in to their convention, tensions behind the scenes are escalating. Leaked emails from the Democratic National
Committee appear to show top officials plotting ways to hurt Bernie Sanders in the primaries.
CNN hasn't independently confirmed the documents, but they are already having an impact in Philadelphia. A source says Democrats are pulling the
head of their national committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from her role as chair of the convention She will no longer speak or gavel at
Meanwhile, the Sanders campaign, for its part, has been calling for Schultz's resignation for months saying she appears to favor the Clinton
campaign. And Bernie Sanders says the emails appear to support that argument.
He appeared on CNN's State of the Union earlier. Take a listen.
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[11:50:05] SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, (I) VERMONT: Well, I think it is outrageous but it is not a great shock to me. I think, as I said, it's
what we talked about six months ago. I mean there's no question to my mind, and I think no question to any objective observer's mind, that the
DNc was supporting Hillary Clinton and was at opposition to our campaign.
So, I'm not quite shocked by this. And that is why many, many months ago I made it clear that I thought Debbie Wasseran Schultz should resign, should
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PARKER: Well, right now we are on the ground in Richmond, Virginia, the home of Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine. Our Chris Frates is
joining us live from there. Chris, good to have you with us.
Sir, do you think we will see a united convention?
CHRIS FRATES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I think we'll see a united convention if it looks like this church service service I just sat in, Nick, this is a
homecoming for Tim Kaine. He has been going to this church behind me, Saint Elizabeth's Catholic Church for 30 plus years now. And the
parishioners here obviously feel very warmly toward Tim and his wife Anne.
In fact, he was involved in church services today. He and his wife brought communion to the altar. He sat in with the choir, he was in the choir back
in the 1990s before he rocketed to national political fame. He sat in on a song here today. And his wife even stood
up and asked the church for their prayers. She said we have a lot going on right now. In addition obviously to running for vice
president, their son is deploying to Romania tomorrow. He's a marine. And they asked the community and church to pray and support them and really
thank them for all of their blessings, all of their love.
And in fact, I want you to listen to how Tim Kaine talked about his church just a few minutes ago after the service ended.
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KAINE: I was going to talk about church. Some of you that were inside you saw what a special community this is and found it in the summer of 1984.
And we were married here in November of 1984 and this and our neighborhood are really the center of our lives here.
So, but we needed some prayers today. And we got some prayers. And we got some support and it really feels good.
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FRATES: So, you know, as I talked to parishioners in this church, which is a primarily African-American church, you know, I heard from people he's a
regular guy, a member of his men's group described him as integrated. And that's part of the appeal for the Clinton
campaign. Tim Kaine brings that regular guy vibe to this ticket. He is a Jesuit educated. He was a missionary in Honduras before he moved here to
Richmond to become a civil rights attorney. He fought discrimination, housing discrimination against the African-American community. He then
became mayor of Richmond, Virginia that was a town that is half African- American before going on to become governor of Virginia and now a U.S. Senator from Virginia.
And you really get that sense that that plays with a lot of America here. He plays down his political acumen. He says he is boring. But as we saw
in that speech yesterday, he's a guy who never lost an election and he really understands how to connect with people. And of course he -- the
Clinton campaign will tell you, look, of course he is not African-American. He's not Latino. There were calls to bring that progressive face to the
ticket, but he understands their concerns. He has worked in those communities. Those communities know him and they love him.
And he also, Nick, speaks fluent Spanish. So, he can reach out to that very crucial Latino community, because that's part of that Obama coalition
that Hillary Clinton wants to build on here and Tim Kaine helps her to do that, Nick.
PARKER: Chris Frates live for us in Tim Kaine's hometown of Richmond. Chris, thanks. Appreciate it.
And coming up, some highly illuminating numbers for you -- 11,000 athletes, nearly a half million condomns and 17 days. We will take you inside the
Olympic village just ahead.
[11:55:41] PARKER: An aircraft powered only by light from the sun has begun the final
part of its flight around the world. Solar Impulse II took off from Cairo just a few hours ago and this is where it is right now, just flying in from
the Red Sea over Saudi Arabia as it heads toward the final destination of Abu Dhabi, the same city where it began its voyage in March of last year.
And you can look back at solar plane's journey, fly over the pyramids of Giza, and stopping over in New York as it made its way around the world.
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In our Parting Shots for today, the 2016 Olympic Games kick off in less than two weeks from now. Now, the road to Rio has certainly been dogged by
concerns from security to the Zika virus and with host country Brazil in recession, athletes can probably expect some pretty spartan accommodation,
but there are some amenities the athletes won't find anywhere else as our Shasta Darlington shows us from Rio's Olympic Village.
SHASTA DARLINGTON, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORREPSONDENT: 31, 17-story towers.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So, this is a typical apartment. This is the social space, surrounded by bedrooms and bathrooms, minimal amount of seating.
DARLINGTON: Getting a tour of the athletes' village from the man who has been providing Olympic furniture for them since Sydney 2000.
3,604 apartments, 18,500 beds, disposable wardrobes.
With Brazil in recession and the Olympic budget tight, these rooms being called basic even austere, definitely cold.
There was the discussion about whether or not there would be air conditioning. They didn't want to pay for it, but with the Zika scare,
they had to put it in the rooms. Is that right?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, they put air conditions in all the bedrooms, fans in non-bedrooms, but no televisions.
DARLINGTON: In the bathrooms, shared mirrors and 13,000 toilet seats.
But no drawers for the 42 condos per athlete, then.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No. I guess that's going to be stuck in the bedside tables.
DARLINGTON: But what it lacks on the inside, it makes up for on the outside.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Swimming pools, tennis courts, everything you can imagine.
This is a five star accommodation environment that you have never seen in a game before.
DARLINGTON: Also bike lanes, a massive cafeteria and gyms.
And with all of this space for pool parties and barbecues, you have got to wonder who is going to miss all of those television sets?
Shasta Darlington, CNN, Rio de Janeiro.
PARKER: I'm Nick Parker. Thanks for watching.