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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, a Russian skating fan holds the country's national flag over the Olympic rings before the start of the men's 10,000-meter speedskating race at Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file)

Russia won't face blanket Olympic ban after doping report


Russia will not be completely banned from the 2016 Rio Olympics, despite multiple calls from anti-doping agencies to do so, according to The Associated Press.

The World Anti-Doping Agency found widespread, government-sponsored doping of Russian athletes before 2014's Olympics in Sochi. The track and field team had already been banned as a result of doping.

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Here's the conference detailing just how widespread the doping was.

So what happens to Russian athletes?

The International Olympic Committee called for a balance between "collective punishment" and "individual justice." So each sport's federation could decide which athletes are allowed in and which are not.

The challenge will be making that decision in time. The Olympics start August 5.

Athletes could be allowed to compete if they showed they passed a non-Russian drug test, USA Today reports. But only two Russian Olympic hopefuls have earned that status, including whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova, who initially revealed the doping alongside her husband.

Should Russia have been totally banned from the Olympics?

Did the IOC make the right call?

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