MOSCOW, July 29. /TASS/. The Russian national team’s final composition for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be approved on July 30, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told journalists on Friday.
"Our team is rather good in general, around 272 people. The final stage of approving the list is tomorrow. I think we will publish Russian national team’s final composition tomorrow," Mutko said.
"We will be able to compete in 19-20 disciplines but everything will depend on athletes’ readiness and psychology," he added.
WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Independent Commission, chaired by Canadian sports 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 commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service (FSB) supported the doping program in Russian sports.
Following the WADA report, 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.