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IOC decides against blanket ban on Russia at Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says it will not impose a blanket ban on Russia for next month’s Rio Olympics over the nation’s doping record.

The decision on Sunday leaves it up to individual sports federations whether to clear Russian athletes for the Games, which will begin in 12 days.

The committee added that it would deny entry to those who did not meet the requirements set out for the federations.

Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov has guaranteed “full cooperation with all international organisations”, the IOC said in its statement, which was posted online.

Zhukov said that all Russian athletes selected for the Games have been tested over the past six months by foreign anti-doping agencies, the IOC added.

Shortly after the announcement, Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s Sports Minister, said that he was grateful for the decision, adding that the IOC criteria were tough.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had earlier in July called for Russia to be banned from the Olympics and asked global sports governing bodies to bar Russia until “culture change” is achieved.

Russia’s athletics team is already banned from competing in Rio over a ruling by the sport’s governing body IAAF which was upheld on Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

IAAF says Russia has not done enough to clean up widespread doping and that state-sponsored cheating goes back to the 2008 Olympics.

The IAAF also says it has no way to verify that all Russian athletes are clean


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