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IOC Delays Decision to Completely Ban Russia from Olympic Games

Due to the alleged state-run doping scheme of Russia for four years, it is still a question whether the country would be able to send a team to Rio this summer.

Ahead the upcoming Olympic Games in August, the International Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday that it was still currently exploring for “legal options” to discipline Russian athletes despite the fierce pressure to make an aggressive move against the alleged doping scheme that created huge chaos at the past two Olympic Games.

On Tuesday morning, the International Olympic Committee’s executive board has arranged a conference call to discuss which necessary actions should they make after the World Anti-Doping Agency revealed a state-sponsored doping scheme that masked at least 312 positive tests.

Russian Olympic Ban

Despite the delay of the IOC’s plan to completely ban the Russian athletes from the Olympic Games, it has announced a series of other measures for the country.

The International Olympic Committee said that it would not organize or back any sporting event or meetings in Russia, including the planned European Games, which is originally expected to take place on June 2019.

The IOC is also planning to make disciplinary actions against the national sports authorities involved in the WADA-commissioned report compiled by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren.

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee has decided to ban the Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko from the Rio Olympic Games.

Also, the International Olympic Committee stated that they are planning to re-test all the athletes who participated at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

In a statement released by the IOC, it was mentioned that: “The IOC will explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice,”

Also, the IOC said that the individual sports federations should start examining the eligibility of their Russian athletes while the IOC is exploring for other “legal options.”

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