IOC: Russian athletes clear to compete at Rio Olympics

Overall, more than 100 Russians have been excluded, including 67 in track and field.

The IOC have been criticised for their decision not to ban Russian Federation from Rio 2016 after the damning allegations of state-sponsored doping published in the McLaren Report last month.

Following a meeting on 24 July 2016, the IOC Executive Board (EB) declared that Russian athletes would only be accepted as eligible for the Rio 2016 Games if they met a set of stringent criteria, including individual analysis of each athlete's individual anti-doping record.

Russia, which narrowly avoided a complete ban from the Olympics following revelations of state-backed doping, had hoped to have between 272 and 280 athletes declared eligible for Rio after the International Olympic Committee review.

Russian cyclist Ilnur Zakarin was cleared for the Rio Olympics but he will not participate as he had no possibility to prepare for the Games.

Chief of sport performance Alan Ashley said he's spent a lot of time in the athletes' village and hasn't heard a word about doping or Russian Federation.

CAS ruled that "unenforceable" on Thursday in the case of two Russian rowers but declined to obligate worldwide federations and the IOC to allow them entry to the Games.

"As a result, we will not file an appeal to CAS".

The Guardian quoted Professor Richard McLaren, whose explosive report blew the Russian doping programme wide open last month, as accusing the International Olympic Committee and Bach of badly misrepresenting his findings.

All Russian athletes competing in athletics and weightlifting are banned from Rio.

Athletes who have been denied entry may appeal to world sports' arbitration court, which established a satellite office in Rio. In 2011, it annulled the IOC's so-called "Osaka rule", which would have barred any athlete who had received a serious doping punishment from the subsequent Olympics.

Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances from January 1, but some positive tests were later overturned after the agency said there was a lack of clear scientific evidence about how long it takes for the drug to be excreted from the body.

Athletes from other countries who have served previous bans, such as the American sprinter Justin Gatlin, are able to compete.

"Right now I think the discussion is not honest and practical, it is hysterical and political".

The International Olympic Committee was to announce its final figure for the Russian squad later on Thursday.

"We wanted to follow the rules of justice, independent from politics". "The hard question we had to answer was: Can you hold an individual responsible for the wrongdoing of his or her country?" We can not destroy justice. "We had to respect basic principles of natural law". Before a single medal has been won, the competition in the courts is already fierce.

In the other Group A match in Brasilia, Iraq and Denmark also played to a scoreless draw, leaving all four teams tied.



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