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    Russian Olympic Executive Board Approves 387-Member Team

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    The Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) executive aboard approved a 387-member national team to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics, the ROC said in a statement published on its website Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Today, July 20, the Executive Committee of the Russian Olympic Committee approved the composition of the Russian Olympic team at the XXXI Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

    It includes 387 athletes representing 30 sports (final Greco-Roman membership will be determined July 22), the ROC said. 

    On Monday, an independent commission led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren presented a report, accusing Russia of having run a state-sponsored doping program. Former director of Moscow anti-doping laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov served as the main and only source for the report.    

    The IOC following the report said Tuesday it would "explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice."

    The Kremlin hopes that the investigation into doping use in Russia will give arguments for the International Olympic Committee lifting its recommendations regarding sporting events in Russia, Dmitry Peskov said.


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