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Russia's Mutko says grateful for IOC decision against blanket Olympics ban

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, July 23, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia, July 23, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Sunday he was grateful to the International Olympic Committee for not imposing a blanket ban on Russia competing at the Rio Olympics.

Mutko said he hoped the majority international sports federations would now support the rights of Russian sportspeople hoping to compete at the Games in August.

(Reporting by Dmitry Rogovitksiy and Alexander Winning; writing by Jack Stubbs; editing by Mark Heinrich)

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