IOC clear Russia to compete at Rio Olympics

Russian athletes will be free to compete at this summer’s Olympics after the world governing body decided against a blanket ban.

A potential exclusion from this summer’s events in Rio appeared likely after a report by Professor Richard McLaren claimed that the country had been involved in a state-sponsored doping programme between 2011 and 2015.

But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have voted against a wholesale suspension of Russia from the games, which begin on August 5.

Any of the country’s athlete previously sanctioned for doping violations, however, will not be allowed to enter into the Olympics under the regulatory body’s ruling.

Also unable to compete in Brazil will be Russian sprinter Yuliya Stepanova, who became the scandal’s whistle-blower in 2014, after her request to appear as a neutral athlete was rejected by the IOC.

Other athletes will also be subject to a ‘rigorous additional out-of-competition testing programme’ during their time in Rio.

IOC President Thomas Bach’s decision against a complete ban despite calls from the International Association of Athletics Federations and its president Sebastian Coe.

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