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File photo dated 23-02-2014 of The Olympic flag flies next to the Russian flag during the Closing Ceremony at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, during the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday November 9, 2015. The London 2012 Olympics were "sabotaged" by the "widespread inaction" against Russian athletes with suspicious doping profiles by the IAAF and the Russian federation, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) commission has found. See PA story ATHLETICS Doping. Photo credit should read David Davies/PA Wire.

Russia will not receive a blanket ban – IOC

Russia will not receive a blanket ban from Rio 2016 following the country’s doping scandal.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will leave it up to individual sports’ governing bodies to decide if Russian competitors are clean and should be allowed to take part.

The decision follows a report in which Canadian law professor Richard McLaren said Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme from 2011 to 2015.

The Rio Games start on August 5.

Competitors from Russia who want to take part in the Games will have to meet strict criteria laid down by the IOC while any Russian athlete who has served a doping ban will not be eligible for next month’s Olympics.

Meanwhile Steeplechase great Ezekiel Kemboi has added his voice to whether Russia’s athletes should be banned from the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games over state-sponsored doping.

The reigning Olympic and world champion said athletes who are found to have doped should carry their own cross.

“I think banning Russia as a country from the Olympics is not good. Every country has cheaters. If one person is caught as an individual they should carry their own cross not a country as a whole.’’

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