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Olympics: Sport divided as Russia escapes blanket doping ban

By AFP

Added 25th July 2016 11:40 AM

Seeking to justify Sunday's decision, IOC president Thomas Bach said an outright ban would trample the rights of clean Russian athletes who are hoping to compete at the upcoming Games.

Olympics: Sport divided as Russia escapes blanket doping ban

This file photo taken on July 06, 2016 shows Russia Yulia Stepanova walking on the track as she was injured during the 800 meter-race of the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam on July 6, 2016. Yuliya Stepanova, the Russian 800-metre runner who lifted the lid on systematic doping fraud

Seeking to justify Sunday's decision, IOC president Thomas Bach said an outright ban would trample the rights of clean Russian athletes who are hoping to compete at the upcoming Games.

The International Olympic Committee's decision not to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping left international sports leaders divided on Monday, less than two weeks before the opening ceremony.

Seeking to justify Sunday's decision, IOC president Thomas Bach said an outright ban would trample the rights of clean Russian athletes who are hoping to compete at the upcoming Games.

Individual sports federations will have primary responsibility for determining every Russian athlete's eligibility for Rio, the IOC executive said.

The World Anti-Doping Agency last week called for Russia to be banned after detailing how Russia's sports ministry had directed a massive cheating programme with help from the FSB state intelligence agency.

 

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