09:53 Jul. 25, 2016
The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) is "disappointed" its recommendation to ban Russia from next month's Olympic Games in Rio has been rejected
Following the country's doping scandal, the International Olympic Committee has left it up to individual sports' federations to ban Russian competitors.
WADA "stands by" its recommendation last month of a full Russia team ban.
And WADA chief Olivier Niggli said the IOC's decision will "inevitably" mean "lesser protection for clean athletes". WADA president Sir Craig Reedie said investigators had "exposed, beyond a reasonable doubt, a state-run doping program in Russia that seriously undermines the principles of clean sport embodied within the World Anti-Doping Code".
There was also concern expressed for Yulia Stepanova, the Russian runner whose evidence was behind the doping evidence discovered, but will now not be allowed to compete in Rio under a neutral flag. Full story