The IOC remains permissive for participation of Russian athletes in the 2016 Olympic Games

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“This is about doing justice to clean athletes all over the world. In this way we protect these clean athletes,” IOC president Thomas Bach said Russia’s sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, later told to the media that the IOC judgment was an “objective” one. However the U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was not happy with this IOC decision. They say that IOC “passed the baton to sports federations who may lack the adequate expertise or collective will to appropriately address the situation within the short window prior to the games.” The last nation to be banned from the Olympics was South Africa. It was banned from the Seoul Games in 1988 as part of the apartheid-era sporting boycott.

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