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ITF: Russian tennis players meet IOC requirements

July 24, 23:25 UTC+3 LONDON
The IOC executive committee decided not to ban the Russian team
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LONDON, July 24. /TASS/. The International Tennis Federation said on Sunday the eight Russian tennis players who have been nominated to take part in the Rio 2016 Olympics meet the criteria of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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. Apart from that, the IOC ruled than no Russian athlete who has ever been sanctioned for doping will be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if he or she has served the sanction.

"The ITF welcomes the decision of the IOC to permit clean athletes to compete in Rio 2016 and to let each International Federation determine the eligibility of its respective Russian athletes," the ITF said in a press statement.

"The eight Russian tennis players who have been nominated to compete in Rio have been subject to a rigorous anti-doping testing programme outside Russia," the statement says. "The ITF believes that this is sufficient for the eight Russian tennis players to meet the relevant requirement of today’s decision of the IOC Executive Board."

According to the federation, a total of 205 samples have been taken from the Russian players since 2014, of which 83, or 40%, were collected during competitions and 122 (60%) were collected in period between competitions.

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