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Russia escapes blanket ban from Rio Olympics

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Russia escapes blanket ban from Rio Olympics

<p>The International Olympic Committee (<span class="caps">IOC</span>) has opted not to impose a blanket ban on Russia for next month’s Rio Olympics amid the scandal over state-sponsored doping.</p> <p>Decisions on individual athletes’ participation will be left to their relevant sports federations, the <span class="caps">IOC</span> said.</p> <p>Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said he was grateful to the <span class="caps">IOC</span> and hoped that most <br /> federations would now support Russian sportsmen and women hoping to compete at the Games.</p> <p>Mutko insisted that doping was a world problem and said he considered the <span class="caps">IOC</span> criteria for Russians to take part at Rio was tough. But, he hoped the Russian team would perform well.</p> <p>Sunday’s announcement follows the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (<span class="caps">WADA</span>) call for a Rio ban in response to an independent report that found evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Russia will not face a total Olympics ban over its doping scandal <a href="https://t.co/FuErIhWo9J">https://t.co/FuErIhWo9J</a> <a href="https://t.co/LyfPq6DBTN">pic.twitter.com/LyfPq6DBTN</a></p>— Newsweek (@Newsweek) <a href="https://twitter.com/Newsweek/status/757217919688257536">24 juillet 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the International Association of Athletics Federations’ ban on Russia’s track and field stars.</p> <p>But many Russian athletes who had not failed drugs tests had denounced collective punishment.</p> <p>Such a ban would have been humiliating for sporting superpower Russia and President Vladimir Putin had said the affair could split the Olympic Movement.</p> <p>In the end, the head of Russia’s Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, said the <span class="caps">IOC</span> decision was taken unanimously.</p> <p>He described it as one of the hardest decisions in the history of the Olympic movement.</p> <p>The Rio Olympics begin on Aug. 5.</p>