IOC decides against full ban on Russian athletes
The International Olympic Committee has decided against a complete ban on Russian athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The IOC says it is leaving it up to global federations to decide which Russian athletes to accept in their sports. It says it will deny entry of Russian athletes who do not meet the requirements set out for the federations.
The IOC says the federations have the authority, under their own rules, to exclude Russian teams as a whole from their sports.
Russia’s track and field athletes have already been banned by the IAAF, the sport’s governing body, a decision that was upheld Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and was accepted by the IOC again on Sunday.
Calls for a complete ban on Russia intensified after Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer commissioned by WADA, issued a report Monday accusing Russia’s sports ministry of overseeing a vast doping program of its Olympic athletes.