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IOC: Russian athletes involved in doping scandals to be banned from Rio 2016 Olympics

July 24, 19:26 UTC+3
The IOC upholds Rio Olympics ban for Russian track and field athletes except Darya Klishina
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GENEVA, July 24. /TASS/. Russian athletes who have been caught in doping abuse will be banned from the Rios 2016 Olympics even if their suspension term is expired, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in a press statement after a meeting of its executive board on Sunday.

On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee held a meeting of its executive board to discuss possible blanket ban of Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics. The IOC executive committee decided not to ban the Russian team. Individual decision on Russian athletes will be taken by relevant international federations.

"The ROC 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," the IOC said in the press statement.

The IOC has upheld a ban from the Rio 2016 Olympics for Russian track and field athletes, except Darya Klishina.

Yulia Stepanova, an informer of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on doping abuses in Russian sports, will not be allowed to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympics, the statement said. 

"The IOC EB accepted the advice of the IOC Ethics Commission, also taking into consideration its above-mentioned decision not to allow any Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping to participate in the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Therefore, the IOC will not enter Mrs Stepanova as a competitor in the Olympic Games Rio 2016," the statement says.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne announced on Thursday it had rejected a lawsuit filed by the Russian Olympic Committee and 68 Russian athletes challenging the decision by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to bar them from international competitions, including the Olympic Games in Brazil amid doping allegations. The ban is not applicable only to long jump athlete Darya Klishina who has been living and training in the United States for the past three years.

"The IAAF has already established its eligibility pool with regard to Russian athletes." The IOC said in the statement.

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