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Rio Olympics: IOC panel to have final say on Russian athletes

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Rio Olympics: IOC panel to have final say on Russian athletes

<p>With just days to go until the Rio Games, the International Olympic Committee (<span class="caps">IOC</span>) now says a three-person panel will have the final say on which Russian athletes can compete.</p> <p>It is set to review decisions taken by international federations, in the wake of claims of state-backed doping. </p> <p>All Russian athletes sanctioned for doping in the past have been barred from the Games. </p> <p>“Clearly, it will depend on each individual athlete, there isn’t a kind of, they won’t get them all together in one go. It will be an ad-hoc meeting right up until about during this week, I would think, or the week to come,” said Mark Adams, an <span class="caps">IOC</span> spokesman. </p> <p>It was earlier this month, after the doping claims surfaced, that the <span class="caps">IOC</span> set criteria for the eligibility of Russians to compete in Rio.</p> <p>They need to have been tested for drugs outside Russia – and have a spotless doping record – to be cleared by their respective international federations.</p> <p>More than 250 athletes from the original team of 387 have so far been given the green light to take part in the Olympics.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rio ready to go as Executive Board concludes meeting <a href="https://t.co/X2SdEYinCZ">https://t.co/X2SdEYinCZ</a> <a href="https://t.co/8RbdzE4O8v">pic.twitter.com/8RbdzE4O8v</a></p>— <span class="caps">IOC</span> <span class="caps">MEDIA</span> (@iocmedia) <a href="https://twitter.com/iocmedia/status/759573954977603584">31 July 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>