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    General view of athletes' accommodation can be seen during a guided tour for journalists to the 2016 Rio Olympics Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 23, 2016.

    Cold Welcome: Rio Hotel Shuts the Door to Russian Athletes

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    Members of the Russian gymnastics team have been prevented from checking in at an Olympic Village hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Match TV reported.

    According to the report, the organizers explained their refusal by the fact that the Russians had arrived ahead of time.

    The Russian athletes were eventually advised to look for suitable accommodations themselves.

    Rio-2016 kicks off on August 5 and runs until August 21.

    The International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board is set to make an announcement on Sunday with regards to their decision on Russia’s participation in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after holding a phone conference on the issue.


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