Russia won't be fully banned from Olympics, per report

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

The International Olympic Committee has decided against a complete ban of Russians from next month's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a source told The Associated Press.

Russia has already been handed a doping punishment when its track and field team lost an appeal against a ban Thursday.

Earlier interim IOC measures announced Tuesday included urging winter sports federations to move their competitions out of Russia this season, in response to allegations that Russian state officials hid hundreds of failed drug tests over several years and swapped samples from doped athletes for clean ones during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Russia has admitted some doping violations by its athletes and coaches, but still denies that the government was involved. State media has painted the issue as a U.S.-led political vendetta.

An IOC conference call has been scheduled for 10 a.m. ET.