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Russia escapes blanket ban from Rio Olympics

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>> Russian athletes won't face a blanket ban from the Rio games, despite clamor for the nation to receive the toughest of penalties for it's doping scandal. The International Olympic Committee announcing their ruling on Sunday, instead, leaving it to the governing bodies of individual sports to decide whether Russian competitors can take part.
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>> We have set the bar to the limit by establishing a number of very strict criteria which every Russian athlete will have to fulfill.>>
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e games begin in less than two weeks. Russia's track and field stars have already been suspended. Last week, losing a legal challenge to be able to compete.
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But the latest decision keeps hope alive for more than 300 other sports people. The World Anti-Doping Agency had called for a ban after a series of independent reports revealing rampant stance spots of doping into cover up in Russia. The latest investigation finding evidence of drug use before and during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Russian officials, though, say the scandal is part of a wasted conspiracy.