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CONFIRMED: No Ban On Team Russia – International Olympic Committee

Reports coming in confirm that their will be no blanket ban for team Russia.

UPDATE 7

IOC Statement:

“Natural justice requires that an individual must at least have a chance to rebut allegations. And this rewards the presumption of innocence. Therefore we have set the bar to the limit by establishing a number of very strict criteria which every Russian athlete will have to fulfill if he or she wants to participate in the Olympic Games [in] Rio 2016.”

UPDATE 6

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board held a three-hour meeting via teleconference on Sunday. The meeting included 15 Olympic leaders, including the Head of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov.

UPDATE 5

Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova won’t be allowed to compete at Rio Olympics as “neutral athlete” – IOC

UPDATE 4

The IOC’s ruling 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 [International Federation] and WADA [the World Anti-Doping Agency].”

UPDATE 3

Athletes with a proven doping history will not be allowed to compete at the Rio Games, even if they have served their sanctions.

UPDATE 2

Athletes will need to meet strict criteria laid out by the IOC. This includes proving to international federations that they have a clean doping record and have been tested by “reliable” international anti-doping bodies.

UPDATE 1

The International Olympic Committee has opted to allow sports federations to make individual decisions on whether clean Russian athletes will compete in the Rio Summer Games.

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