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    Unknown Man Tries to Steal Olympic Torch in Brazil (VIDEO)

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    Brazilian police arrested a man who tried to steal the Olympic torch during a parade that took place in the city of Guarulhos in the Brazilian state of São Paulo on July 23.

    The video shows how a man tried to attack the torchbearer, but was quickly forced to the ground by security officers accompanying the parade.

    The attacker's motives still remain unknown. As a result of the incident, the man was arrested and taken to the police station. According to reports, one policeman was injured.

    The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in the Brazilian capital of Rio de Janeiro from August 5 to 21. It remains unclear whether Russian athletes will be able to take part in the competition.

    Earlier, an independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission revealed that dozens of Russian athletes used performance-enhancing drugs at the 2014 Winter Olympics and accused Russia of running a state-wide doping program.

    Following the release of the report, the IOC said that it would consider a collective ban for the entire Russian team and launched disciplinary actions related to the involvement of officials within the Russian Sports Ministry and other persons mentioned in the WADA report.

    On Sunday, the IOC made a decision not to ban the entire Russian team from participating in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, leaving it to the respective International Federations to decide on whether individual Russian athletes will be participating in the competition. The IOC also noted that Russian athletes with a doping record will be suspended from participating in the competition, including Russian track and field athletes who won't be able to take part in the Games in accordance with the previous decision made by IAAF.

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