Russia Escapes Blanket Ban From Rio Olympics

Russia has escaped a total ban from the 2016 Rio Olympics following the country’s doping scandal.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the decision following a report in which Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, said that Russia ran a state-sponsored doping programme from 2011 to 2015.

The IOC has now resolved to leave it up to individual sport’s governing bodies to decide if Russian athletes are clean and should be allowed to take part in the competition.

Participants from Russia who wish to take part in the games would have to meet strict criteria laid down by the IOC.

The Court of Arbitration had earlier rejected the athletes’ quest to compete in the Olympic Games which is expected to kick off on August 5 in Brazil.

Russia had attempted to have a ban placed on its track and field athletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games overturned.

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) found Russia to be guilty of state-sponsored doping back in November, leading to a ban from this year’s competition.

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