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    Over 260 Russia Athletes Admitted to Partake in 2016 Rio Olympics

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    A total of 266 Russian athletes are admitted to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, Mutko said that 272 Russian athletes were cleared for the Olympics, however later in the day Russian weightlifters were banned from competition.

    "The application of our team was thoroughly scrutinized, you know all criteria. We applied for 29 out of 34 sports with four sports envisaging no qualification, so our team includes 266 athletes for today. It is a very strong team," Mutko told journalists.

    In 2015, the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Independent Commission issued a report accusing Russia of numerous breaches of global anti-doping regulations, which led to All-Russia Athletics Federation’s suspension from the International Association of Athletics Federation.

    On Sunday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its decision to ban all Russian athletes with a record of doping violations from participating in 2016 Rio Olympic Games, while leaving it to the respective international federations to decide whether individual Russian athletes should be allowed to compete at the games.

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    athletes, doping scandal, International Olympic Committee (IOC), Russian Ministry for Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Activities, WADA, Vitaly Mutko, Russia
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