News from Russia: RFE/RL: IOC panel to Issue final rulings on Olympic bans for Russians

12:13 Jul. 31, 2016

RFE/RL: IOC panel to Issue final rulings on Olympic bans for Russians

Volleyball player and Russia's National Olympic team member Sergey Tetyukhin, front right, speaks during the farewell ceremony before Russian team's departure to Rio Olympics, in Moscow, Russia, July 28, 2016 (AP Photo)

Russian athletes also have to have been tested for drugs outside of Russia to prove they are clean

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that a three-member panel will have the final say on which Russian athletes can compete at the 2016 Olympics.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said  late on July 30 the three-member panel will make the final decisions after the decisions made for each individual athlete by the international federation for their sports have been reviewed by the Court of Arbitration for Sports.

Read also Russian athletes allowed to take part in 2016 Rio Olympics

Adams said the process would be completed by August 5, the day the 2016 Summer Olympics open in Rio de Janeiro.

So far, at least 117 of the 387 athletes on Russia's 2016 Olympic team have been banned following an independent investigation that revealed a state-backed doping program in Russia. Full story 

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