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Russia to approve national team final composition for Rio Olympics on July 28

July 25, 17:17 UTC+3
At its session on July 24, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee decided against barring the Russian national team from participation in the Rio Olympics
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MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. Russia will approve the final composition of its national team for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil on July 28, Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Chief Alexander Zhukov said on Monday.

"I hope the composition will be approved on July 28," Zhukov said.

At its session on July 24, the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided against barring the Russian national team from participation in the Rio Olympics. A decision on admitting Russian athletes to the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil should be taken by the relevant international sports federations, the IOC resolved.

The IOC Executive Board also said it wouldn’t allow any of the Russian athletes who had ever been caught in doping in their sports career to compete at the Olympics, even if they had served their suspension terms. In the wake of this decision, the numerical composition of the Russian national team at the Rio Olympic may shrink.

A representative of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne will check the list of the Russian national team’s athletes as to whether they comply with the IOC criteria.

"A judge should confirm the validity of these lists and after that athletes will be able to take part in the Olympics," Russian Olympic Committee Chief Zhukov said.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission chaired by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren released a report on July 18 on the results of its probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The report claimed that the commission had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

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