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Formalities on access to Games to be finalized on Monday or Tuesday — Russian sports chief

August 01, 15:15 UTC+3
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PARIS, August 1. /TASS/. All official formalities concerning the access of the Russian national Olympic team to the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil to be finalized either on Monday or Tuesday, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Monday.

"Today or tomorrow all formalities concerning the team’s admission to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be finalized," Mutko told journalists. "It will allow athletes to leave all anxieties behind and start practicing."

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.

According to the details, 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 had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.

Following the commission’s report, WADA recommended the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.

IOC President Thomas Bach, however, announced on July 24 that Russian athletes, with the exception of field and track competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.

He made the statement after a teleconference of the IOC Executive Board, which, however, ruled than no Russian athlete, who had been previously sanctioned for doping would be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if they have served the sanction as well as any athlete mentioned in the McLaren report.

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