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Russia will not receive a blanket ban from Rio 2016 following the country’s doping scandal.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will leave it up to individual sports’ governing bodies to decide if Russian competitors are clean and should be allowed to take part.
The decision follows a report in which Canadian law professor Richard McLaren said Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme from 2011 to 2015.
The outcome of the executive board’s deliberations comes as a surprise following the results of McLaren’s investigation, which painted a picture of widespread doping by Russians across a range of sports, including at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The IOC labelled the findings ‘a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sports and on the Olympics’ earlier this week.
However, the governing body stressed their desire to ‘protect clean athletes and the integrity of sport’ as they left the door ajar for Russia to feature prominently at the Games, which are due to run from August 5 until August 21.
Competitors from Russia who want to take part in the Games will have to meet strict criteria laid down by the IOC.
Any Russian athlete who has served a doping ban will not be eligible for next month’s Olympics.

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