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    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) extended sanctions imposed on Russia "until further notice."

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to extend the restrictions imposed on Russia "until further notice," the IOC's press service said in a statement on Wednesday.

    "The IOC Executive Board has further decided to extend the provisional measures taken on 19 July 2016 against Russia until further notice," the statement said.

    On July 19, the IOC's executive board asked all International Olympic Winter Sports Federations to freeze preparations for major sporting events in Russia and look for alternative organizers. The decision was made against the backdrop of the report made by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren, which accused Russia of having run a state-sponsored doping program.


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