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Russian Athletes might not appear in Rio

An investigation set-up by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found rampant state-run doping among Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and other events, raising a serious possibility of a blanket ban on Russian athletes, preventing them from competing in Rio.

A probe by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren for WADA found Russia’s secret service helped “the state-dictated failsafe system” carried out by the Moscow sports ministry and sprawling into 30 sports over five years.

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The WADA called for all Russian competitors and officials to be banned from next month’s Games and other events after the report unveiled what IOC president Thomas Bach called “a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sports and on the Olympic Games.”

WADA’s executive committee said the IOC and the International Paralympics Committee should “decline entries, for Rio 2016, of all athletes submitted by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the Russian Paralympic Committee.”

It also called for Russian officials implicated in the scandal to be sacked and for “Russian government officials to be denied access to international competitions, including Rio 2016.”

McLaren said the coverup started in 2010 after Russia’s “abysmal” results at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and continued until 2015 after the Sochi Games. It included the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow and 2013 World University Games in Kazan.

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