: Russian athletes allowed to take part in 2016 Rio Olympics

17:47 Jul. 24, 2016

Russian athletes allowed to take part in 2016 Rio Olympics

Russia's Maria Kuchina, left, and Natalya Aksyonova prepare to compete in Russian Athletics Cup, at Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, July 21, 2016 (AP Photo)

Russian team avoids complete ban - IOC

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided against imposing a complete ban for the Russian team from competing in 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

This is stated in IOC's decision

Thus, Russian athletes will be able to take part in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro under the national flag, if they meet a number of certain strict requirements.

The document says Russia 'is not allowed to enter any athlete for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 who has ever been sanctioned for doping, even if he or she has served the sanction'.

Also it states that 'the entry of any Russian athlete ultimately accepted by the IOC will be subject to a rigorous additional out-of-competition testing programme in coordination with the relevant IF and WADA. Any non-availability for this programme will lead to the immediate withdrawal of the accreditation by the IOC'.

The International Olympic Committee says it is leaving it up to global federations to decide which Russian athletes to accept in their sports. Beyond these decisions, the IOC EB reaffirmed the provisional measures already taken on 19 July 2016. They remain in place until 31 December 2016, and will be reviewed by the EB in December 2016.

On June 18, WADA confirmed Russian athletes were doped at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. According to WADA's findings, Russia's Sports Ministry managed, controlled and manipulated results of athletes' tests and their anti-doping tests, with the FSB (Russia's Security Service) participation.

Read more WADA calls for Russia to be banned from 2016 Rio Olympics

On June 17, International Athletics Federation (IAAF) upheld its overall ban on Russian athletes, imposed over widespread doping.

In the meantime, Russian athletes are barred from participating in international competitions. This decision was taken in November 2015 following the report made by an independent commission of WADA, which accused Russia's sports agencies and authorities of interfering in the anti-doping lab work in Moscow.

Read more Russian track and field athletes banned from Rio 2016

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko could be involved in concealing information about a systematic doping by Russian athletes.

The IAAF had previously said a handful of the country's athletes could compete in Rio as neutrals if they meet a number of criteria, including being repeatedly tested outside their homeland.

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