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>> Another Russian gold medalist banned from the Rio Olympics. London 2012 champion Alexander Dyachenko, one of five Russian sprint athletes singled out by the International Canoe Federation after being implicated in WADA's report on state sponsored doping. The decision just two days after the Olympic Committee ruled out a blanket ban for the entire Russian team.
Instead, passing the baton to individual sporting federations to decide. Reuters Moscow Bureau chief Andrew Osborne says it's a double-edged sword for the Kremlin.>> The reaction to the IOC's decision not to impose a blanket ban on Russia has been mixed but generally welcome. Mr. Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said, look, of course, we welcome this.
I think they were very worried that they would be banned from the Olympics, that would have been an even more serious blow than just having their track and field athletes banned. But there are some complaints, notably the Russian sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, he's come out and said, maybe this is good, and thank you very much.
But on the other hand, he's taken exception to the fact that the IOC has said that any sports people who have tested positive for doping in the past will not be allowed to compete at all. He said, look, that's not fair, that's double standards. He said that actually we know that there are a lot of other athletes and sports people from other countries who have tested positive from doping who will be allowed to participate.
So why are you singling us out, why are you being unfair to us?>> Russia's Olympic Committee on Tuesday saying a full checklist is now underway to see if athletes meet the IOC doping standards but warning more bad news could follow. As it stands, less than two weeks before the Olympics kick off in Rio, Russia is already without it's track and field team, seven swimmers, three rowers and five canoeists.