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Last minute IOC bans 117 Russian athletes, allows 270 to compete in Rio Olympics

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A final ruling from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding Russian athletes ability to compete in the Rio Olympics has finally come out. 

Russia had originally named 387 athletes to its Olympic team and IOC President Thomas Bach said the committee had confirmed 271 athletes, meaning 116 Russian athletes have been banned from competing in the 2016 games. 


So 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. 

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Did the IOC make the right call?

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