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IOC Decides Against Full Ban on Russian Athletes for Rio Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee has decided against a complete ban on Russian athletes from the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The decision came after the committee's ruling executive board met Sunday via teleconference to decide santions following new allegations of a government-sponsored doping program involving Russian athletes in summer and winter sports from 2011-2015.

The IOC says it is leaving it up to the governing bodies of individual sports to decide which Russian athletes are clean and accepted in their sports. Those federations, the IOC ruled, have the authority — under their own rules — to exclude Russian teams as a whole from their sports.

The IOC also announced that competitors from Russia who do not meet the strict IOC requirements set out for the federations will be denied entry.

Russia's track and field athletes have already been banned by the IAAF, the sport's governing body, following allegations of state-directed doping — a decision that was upheld Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Calls for a complete ban on Russia have intensified since Monday when Richard McLaren, a Canadian lawyer commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, issued a report accusing Russia's sports ministry of overseeing a vast doping program of its Olympic athletes.

The Rio Games start on August 5. You can watch it here on KWWL.

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