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    Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Alexander Zhukov expects that 270-280 Russian athletes will take part in the Rio Olympics and hopes for the final decision to be made soon.

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, the Rio 2016 website published a list of 280 Russian athletes competing in 178 events across 34 sports ahead of the expected official International Olympic Committee (IOC) panel ruling in the disqualified athletes’ appeals.

    "I think that 270-280 Russian athletes will be allowed at the Olympics. I hope for the decision to be made in the evening," Zhukov told journalists.

    A Brazilian military police soldier patrols at the security fence outside the 2016 Rio Olympics Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 21, 2016.
    © REUTERS / Fabrizio Bensch

    On Tuesday, Zhukov said that the final IOC three-member panel decision should be made by Thursday.

    In July, the Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) prohibited all Russian athletes from taking part in international competitions, including the upcoming Rio Olympics, over doping allegations.

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) later made a decision not to ban the entire Russian Olympic team from participating in the Rio Olympics, choosing to leave it to individual sports federations to decide on athletes' participation.

    The 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from August 5 until August 21.

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