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>> The nuclear option, that's what a blanket ban on Russian athletes at the Rio Olympics would have been. IOC President, Thomas Bach, defending on Tuesday the decision to let clean Russian athletes compete. Arguing they shouldn't be collateral damage in the fight against wide spread state backed Russian doping.
That's not, he said, what the Olympics stand for. Instead new criteria, a clean doping past and enough testing at international events. Now more than 250 of 387 Russian athletes have been given the all clear for Rio. The battle rumbles on though. Several bodies including the world anti doping agency disappointed, they'd wanted a full ban to punish Russia.
Russian athletes on standby in Brazil are to have a sporting chance when the games open on Friday.