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Some 286 Russian athletes eligible for Rio Olympics — ministry

July 29, 10:20 UTC+3
"According to preliminary data, 286 Russian athletes will be able to take part in the Games," the report said
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MOSCOW, July 29./TASS/. As of July 29, 286 Russian athletes are eligible for Rio Olympics, says a report of the Russian Sports Ministry board.

"According to preliminary data, 286 Russian athletes will be able to take part in the Games," the report said.

On July 24, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 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 31st Summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from August 5 through 21, 2016.

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