IOC issues ruling, decides against full ban on Russian athletes

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NEW YORK — The IOC has decided against a complete ban on Russian athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The International Olympic Committee said it is leaving it up to global federations to decide which Russian athletes to accept in their sports. Any who do not meet the requirements set by the federations will be denied entry.

The IOC said the federations have the authority, under their own rules, to exclude Russian teams as a whole from their sports.

Although the ruling prevents a full ban on Russia from participating in this year’s games, the country is barred from entering any contestants who have ever been sanctioned for doping.

Additionally, the IOC rejected a bid by Russian whistle-blower Yulia Stepanova to compete as a neutral athlete in Rio de Janeiro.

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