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IOC will not impose blanket ban on Russia for Rio Olympics

Unidentified members of Russia's Olympic team carry their belongings outside the airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early morning, July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Unidentified members of Russia's Olympic team carry their belongings outside the airport in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early morning, July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

By Karolos Grohmann

REUTERS - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will not impose a blanket ban on Russia for next month's Rio Olympics over the nation's doping record but will leave decisions on individual athletes' participation with their relevant sports federations, it said on Sunday.

The IOC's announcement follows the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) call for a Rio ban in response to an independent report that found evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by David Goodman)

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