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Brazil: Russian athletes arriving for Rio Olympics receive warm welcome01:51

Brazil: Russian athletes arriving for Rio Olympics receive warm welcome

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
July 29, 2016 at 02:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia's olympic athletes were welcomed by scores of cheering supporters upon their arrival at Galeao International Airport in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

The Russian team's arrival follows the deliberation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive board, which had to take into account the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Person (IP) Report by Prof. Richard McLaren; the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 21 July, concerning the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF); as well as the Olympic Charter and the World Anti-Doping Code.

WADA had recommended a blanket ban on Russian athletes competing given the findings of the McLaren report, which detailed systemic doping of Russian athletes. However the IOC decided to leave the decision of Russian participation up to the individual sports' governing bodies. At present the athletics team are the only Russian team facing a complete ban. The fencing, archery, equestrian, judo, shooting, tennis and triathlon teams have all been approved to participate in the Olympic Games.

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Russia's olympic athletes were welcomed by scores of cheering supporters upon their arrival at Galeao International Airport in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

The Russian team's arrival follows the deliberation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive board, which had to take into account the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Person (IP) Report by Prof. Richard McLaren; the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 21 July, concerning the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF); as well as the Olympic Charter and the World Anti-Doping Code.

WADA had recommended a blanket ban on Russian athletes competing given the findings of the McLaren report, which detailed systemic doping of Russian athletes. However the IOC decided to leave the decision of Russian participation up to the individual sports' governing bodies. At present the athletics team are the only Russian team facing a complete ban. The fencing, archery, equestrian, judo, shooting, tennis and triathlon teams have all been approved to participate in the Olympic Games.

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