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Roger Black: IOC are 'passing the buck' over Russia

Olympic silver medallist Roger Black. Credit: Good Morning Britain

Former British Olympian Roger Black has said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are "passing the buck" by not banning Russia from Rio.

The 400m silver medallist told Good Morning Britain: "If there was ever an opportunity for the IOC to make a stance and say the future of the Olympics is a clean games, it was now.

"Russian athletes are already out in Rio with the less than two weeks to go before the Olympic Games and we don't know who is going to compete.

"What we're watching is an absolute mess and it's an opportunity completely missed."

Tennis federation allows Russia to compete in Rio

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has said that seven Russian tennis players are eligible to compete in the Rio Games after "rigorous" anti-doping testing.

The ITF welcomes the decision of the IOC to permit clean athletes to compete in Rio 2016 and to let each International Federation determine the eligibility of its respective Russian athletes. The seven Russian tennis players who have been nominated to compete in Rio have been subject to a rigorous anti-doping testing programme outside Russia.

The ITF believes that this is sufficient for the seven Russian tennis players to meet the relevant requirement of today’s decision of the IOC Executive Board.

The ITF believes it is right that clean athletes are permitted to compete in Rio 2016 and looks forward to welcoming the Russian tennis players, along with all other nominated athletes, to Rio.

– Statement by International Tennis Federation (ITF)

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IOC launch retesting of Russian winter athletes

There were plenty of issues at Sochi. Credit: PA

A series of re-testing and an investigation will take place into Russian athletes who took part in the 2014 Olympics Winter Games in Sochi.

Coaches, officials and support staff will be put under the microscope, following the McLaren Report into widespread manipulation of doping tests.

The IOC will initiate reanalysis, including forensic analysis, and a full inquiry into all Russian athletes who participated in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and their coaches, officials and support staff. For this purpose, a specific Disciplinary Commission is set up under the chairmanship of Mr Denis Oswald. Following the report of this Commission, the IOC EB will impose all the appropriate sanctions.

– IOC statement

Decision on Russia Olympics ban put on hold

Russian athletes could be stopped from participating in Brazil. Credit: PA

The International Olympic Committee have delayed their decision on whether to ban all Russian athletes from Rio 2016 until Friday.

An appeal against a previous sanction against Russia will be heard on Thursday by The Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The IOC say they will "explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice".

With regard to the participation of Russian athletes in the Olympic Games Rio 2016, the IOC will carefully evaluate the IP Report. It will explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice. In this respect, the IOC will have to take the CAS decision on 21 July 2016 concerning the IAAF rules into consideration, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Charter.

– IOC statement
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